Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes increases your risk of developing oral cancer. Chewing tobacco and alcohol consumption also heighten the possibility of cancer significantly.
The truth is, anyone can develop oral cancer, and it’s important to treat it early. Early diagnosis can be the difference between easy and effective treatment and a life lost to oral cancer.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
During your dental exam, Dr. Enfinger screens his patients for symptoms of oral cancer. Some of these symptoms include:
- Sores or blisters in the mouth that will not heal after two week
- Lesions on the tongues or tonsils
- White or red patches in the mouth or on the lips
- Unexplained bleeding from the mouth
- Frequent earaches
- Change in bite, or the way the teeth fit together
- Discomfort when swallowing, chewing, speaking, or moving the tongue
Diagnosing Oral Cancer Early
If Dr. Enfinger notices you may be manifesting any symptoms of oral cancer, he will recommend further evaluation. This can be completed with a biopsy performed on the abnormal areas of the mouth. If cancer is found, the next step is to determine how far the cancer has spread.
Early diagnosis is the key to successful oral cancer treatment. When you stay on top of your oral cancer screenings, the cancer will be found early, which usually means it hasn’t spread far. Early diagnosis means briefer, easier, and more affordable treatment. It also means a better shot at overcoming cancer.
Oral cancer screenings are fast, easy, and totally painless. We want to guarantee you live a long and happy life, so we prefer to administer these treatments at least once or twice a year.
Preventing Oral Cancer
Our patients should avoid the risk factors of oral cancer, like tobacco and alcohol use. Regular visits to your dentist are also important, because your dental professionals will likely be able to detect oral cancer before you can.
With new technologies, oral cancer screenings are precise and painless. To schedule your screening or exam, don’t wait to call. Please contact us at Advanced Esthetic Dentistry today!