Oral Cancer Screenings: Detecting Early Signs to Protect Your Health

April 30, 2024

Staying proactive about your health is essential, and one of the most important ways you can do this is by getting regular oral cancer screenings. According to the American Dental Association, oral cancer affects over 50,000 adults in the United States each year, with around 10,000 fatalities. However, early detection and prevention measures can significantly reduce these numbers and improve treatment outcomes.

Ensuring your oral health and overall well-being at Merkley Dental

At our dental office, we prioritize your smile and overall well-being. Since the symptoms of oral cancer can sometimes seem harmless or disappear on their own, many people may not realize they have a serious condition until it's too late. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding risky habits is crucial in minimizing your risk of oral cancer, regular dental checkups that include thorough oral cancer screenings also play a significant role.

During a comprehensive dental exam at our practice, we perform a detailed screening for oral cancer. This involves closely examining the tissues inside and around your mouth, as well as checking the jaw, neck, and under your chin for any unusual lumps or indications of pathology.

Being aware of potential signs of oral cancer

It's also essential to inform us if you notice any of the following changes in or around your oral cavity:

  • Mouth ulcers or lesions that don't heal within a few weeks
  • Unusual lumps, bumps, or thickened areas
  • Red or white patches
  • Persistent swelling of unknown origin
  • Difficulty swallowing, a sore tongue, ear or neck pain
  • Constantly feeling like something is stuck in your throat
  • Tenderness or numbness in your mouth or lips
  • Loose teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness

Trusted care for healthy smiles and peace of mind

Although these symptoms can sometimes represent benign issues, it's crucial to be certain. At our dental office, we provide comprehensive care to support your oral health and overall well-being. To learn more about the services we offer or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

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