It is important to look for early signs of oral cancer during regular dental check ups, as well as be able to identify warning signs. If the condition is caught early enough, the chances of successful treatment are very high. Oral cancer generally appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. Often times it can be painless, making it much more difficult to detect. It can develop on your lips, tongue, cheek, floor of your mouth, throat, sinuses and more.
Early detection symptoms include: lingering sore throat, loose teeth with no apparent cause, pain on an ear without any hearing loss, the feeling of a lump or object stuck in your throat, areas of red or white lesions in your mouth or lips, and sores, swellings, lumps or thick patches anywhere in or around your mouth or throat. Tobacco puts you at a much higher risk of oral cancer, as well as alcohol. Age and eating habits are an additional factor as well.
When in doubt, you should always seek to prevent further complications. It is imperative you give yourself quality oral hygiene daily to prevent gum disease or decay. Oral cancer screenings are quick and worth the chance to detect the cancer early. Treatment for oral cancer varies. There would be a biopsy of the area, and generally surgery to treat the area. However, sometimes this is followed by radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
SummerHill Dental Care in Newmarket, Ontario provides regular screenings for oral cancer, and will give you the best possible care dealing with oral cancer. For more information or preventative measures you can take, call or stop by SummerHill Dental Care today.