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Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Older white patient sitting in dental chair calmly discussing his oral health with his Black female dentist Canatella Dental dentist visit.Oral cancer is a serious health concern that can affect anyone. Early warning signs are crucial for prompt intervention and improved outcomes. Understanding what to look for can empower you to take control of your oral health.

Mouth Sores

If you notice any persistent sores that linger for more than two weeks, it is essential to consult with your dentist promptly. These sores can appear on the lips, tongue, or inside the mouth.

Unexplained Oral Bleeding

If you notice blood without an apparent cause, it is crucial to address it promptly. It could manifest as bleeding gums, especially during brushing or eating. While this might be due to gum disease, it is essential to rule out potential oral cancer.

Changes in Speech or Swallowing

If you experience difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing, it is time to seek professional advice. These changes may indicate underlying issues, including oral cancer, that need prompt attention.

Persistent Hoarseness

If you find yourself experiencing persistent hoarseness or a change in your voice that lasts for an extended period, it could be a sign of oral cancer. While hoarseness can be attributed to various factors, addressing any persistent changes with your dentist to rule out potential oral health issues is crucial.

Unexpected Weight Loss

Unexpected and unexplained weight loss can sometimes be associated with oral cancer. While there can be various reasons for weight fluctuations, it is essential to bring any significant and unintentional weight loss to the attention of your healthcare provider.

Swelling or Lumps in the Mouth

The presence of swelling, lumps, or thickened areas in the mouth or neck can be warning signs of oral cancer. Regular self-checks can help you identify any unusual developments, and if you notice anything concerning, it is advisable to seek professional evaluation.

When to See the Dentist

If you experience any signs and symptoms that are persistent and last for more than two weeks, it is essential to make an appointment with our dentist. Our doctor will first investigate more common causes for your signs and symptoms, such as an infection.

Early detection provides opportunities for effective treatment and better outcomes. If you notice any of these warning signs, do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with our dentist.

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