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What have you heard about oral cancer? Do you ever wonder if there is anything you can do to prevent this problem–or to at least protect yourself from it? You probably know that avoiding smoking and drinking are good steps, but what else can you do?  One thing you should consider is an oral cancer screening.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to identify oral cancer. Often, oral cancer initially feels like a canker sore that doesn’t fade. Similarly, you may experience lumps anywhere in your mouth, including your gums and lips. White or red patches, unexplained bleeding from your mouth, bad breath, weight loss, and trouble speaking or chewing are common symptoms. Finally, you may experience a sore throat, pain in your ear, or a change in your voice.

Of course, we recommend visiting your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning. You see, most dentist will inspect your mouth for signs of oral cancer during these visits. Generally, our dentist will simply wear a glove and inspect your mouth, but may also use a dye test or specialized light.

Please note that not every abnormality will be cancerous. If something is discovered, our team at Prime Family Dental Care will perform additional tests and give you specific advice.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an oral cancer screening, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 602-237-8880. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.