O is for Oral Cancer: 5 Signs of O.C.

Oral Cancer Screening Tampa, FLIf you are a chronic smoker or drinker, did you know that you are at nearly a 100% increase of getting oral cancer than those who aren’t? If that number alone doesn’t scare you, then maybe some of the symptoms of this terrible disease will. From mouth sores to lumps, this article will list the most common symptoms of oral cancer and things to be aware of. Read on to learn more.

  1. Mouth Sores

We’ve all had a canker sore from eating too much pineapple or sour candies, but mouth sores are a whole different beast. As either red or white sores across your mouth, inner cheeks, and tongue, these sores are one of the biggest indicators of oral cancer.

  1. Inability to Heal

Just like with most cancers, oral cancer makes it hard for your mouth to heal from small things such as a cut on your gums or lip. If you have noticed that your mouth is taking longer than usual to recover from something small, then this may also be another sign of oral cancer.

  1. Misaligned Jaw

At more severe stages of oral cancer, parts of your jaw can start to deteriorate and wear down— making your jaw completely misaligned.

  1. Sore Throat

When it’s cold season, you can expect to get a sore throat and runny nose at least once. However, if you have started to suffer from a sore throat that won’t go away with time or an antibiotic, then you should have it checked out.

  1. Lumps

Lumps in the neck, mouth, and throat are all indicative of an underlying health issue like oral cancer. Any new growths on your body should be seen immediately and evaluated.

If you smoke and drink on a regular basis, make sure that you are getting regular oral cancer screenings form Gentle Dentistry. Remember that just like with any cancer, the sooner we catch it, the easier it will be to treat. To learn more about oral cancer screenings or to schedule your next dental cleaning, contact Gentle Dentistry today!

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