ike most people, you probably do not anticipate cancer developing somewhere in your mouth. But unfortunately, oral cancer does occur in a great many people. However, this cancer, when caught early, has an excellent prognosis for elimination. For this reason, dental appointments for oral exams and tooth cleaning are vital at least every six months. Preventative dentistry is the best option for all our patients. At Sherwood Dental in Oakville, ON, we stress the importance of oral cancer screening services
during every routine dental appointment.
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer
If you notice lumps or bumps anywhere inside your mouth or swelling or thickening of the cheek, gums, or tongue, you need to make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Do not wait one more minute for a dental appointment if you see any other signs of oral cancer, as follows:
- Rough spots
- White or reddish specks or patches anywhere in the mouth
- Unexplained bleeding or numbness in or around the mouth
- Sores on your face, in your mouth, or on your neck for two weeks or more
- Ear pain
- Chronic hoarse or sore throat
- Voice changes
- Weight loss
- Teeth changes
- Chronic pain in the mouth
It is dangerous to your health and wellbeing to self-diagnose. Instead, please allow your dentist to diagnose and treat any dental issues, including your oral cancer screening.
Who is more at risk of developing oral cancer?
The risk of oral cancer is much higher in patients who have certain habits, such as alcohol abuse or those who chew or smoke tobacco. However, these are not the only factors to take into consideration when determining one’s risk. This is why it is critical that everyone screen for oral cancer regularly.
Call Drs. Stephen Gaines and Arti Patel today
At Sherwood Dental in Oakville, ON, we are committed to helping patients maintain healthy smiles free from oral cancer. If you are interested in oral cancer screening services
in the community, we invite you to book a consultation appointment
with our dentists to learn more. Call (844) 951-8855 to schedule an appointment at our facility, conveniently located at 2892 South Sheridan Way. We are open to new and established patients in and around the community.