Oral Cancer Detection: A Vital Part of Your Checkup

March 25, 2024

Taking charge of your health is crucial for maintaining a long and fulfilling life. It's especially important to stay vigilant when it comes to oral health, as this can have a significant impact on overall well-being.

According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer is a real threat that affects over 50,000 adults in the United States each year. Unfortunately, around 10,000 of these cases result in fatalities annually. While this number remains alarmingly high, early detection and prevention measures can considerably reduce risks and support successful treatment outcomes.

Ensuring a healthier smile and body through our dental practice

At the office of Merkley Dental, your oral and overall health are our top priorities. Because many symptoms of oral cancer can initially seem benign and similar to conditions that may resolve on their own, it's often difficult for people to recognize that a serious issue is present.

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding risky habits are critical in minimizing the likelihood of developing oral cancer, dental checkups that include comprehensive oral cancer screenings also play an essential role. In fact, these exams often lead to the first detection of oral cancer.

During a thorough dental checkup at our office, we perform a detailed screening for oral cancer. As part of this process, we carefully inspect the tissues within and around the oral cavity and also palpate the jaw, neck, and under the chin for any unusual lumps or signs of pathology.

Being aware of potential warning signs

It's also essential to alert us if you've noticed any of the following oral health changes or persistent symptoms:

  • Persistent mouth ulcers or lesions that don't seem to heal
  • Unusual lumps or thickened areas within the oral cavity
  • Red or white patches in your mouth or on your lips
  • Ongoing swelling of unknown origin in the oral cavity or neck area
  • Difficulty swallowing, soreness or pain in your tongue, or aches in the ears or neck region
  • The sensation that something is constantly stuck in your throat
  • Numbness or tenderness in the lips or mouth
  • Loose teeth that can't be explained by other causes
  • Jaw pain, stiffness, or difficulty opening the mouth

Although these signs and symptoms can sometimes signify benign and treatable issues, it's crucial to have them checked out. At the office of Merkley Dental, we provide comprehensive care to support healthy, beautiful smiles while safeguarding your overall well-being. To learn more about our practice and the wide range of services we offer, feel free to get in touch with us today.

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