Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and Smith Dental wants to help you keep an eye out for the early signs of oral cancer. Oral Cancer has a high rate of death associated with it because this cancer is usually discovered late in its development. This is why scheduling annual dental exams are so important for both you and your family, because it could save your life. During your appointment, your Smith Dental dentist will screen for oral cancer along with your teeth cleaning, greatly reducing your risk.

Potential Symptoms of oral cancer:

  • Sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • Red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
  • Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue

It is possible to suffer long-term problems, such as facial disfigurement or have difficulty eating or speaking, if oral cancer is left untreated.  Luckily, your mouth is a great indicator if something is wrong, but if you notice that these symptoms are not clearing up after two to three weeks, please call our office in Tyler, TX immediately. If you are a heavy drinker, a smoker older than 50, or a young adult with HPV16, you may be at more of a risk.

Oral cancer is preventable if caught early on, so it is important to maintain your yearly oral screenings. For those who have never received an oral cancer examination, there is no better time than during Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.