Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

young man undergoing an oral cancer screen

Every hour, one person dies from oral cancer. At Gentle Dentistry, we offer comprehensive services that not only prevent oral diseases, but can also detect them to help you get the treatment you need as early as possible.

In this blog post, we’ll review the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and the oral cancer screening procedure at our Tampa, Florida dental office.

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is cancer that originates in your mouth, tongue, gums, or tonsils. The causes of oral cancer are varied, but the primary ones are excessive tobacco and alcohol consumption and exposure to HPV, or human-papiloma-virus-16. Other contributors to oral cancer are lack of oral hygiene, poor diet that is rich in sugar or acidic foods and beverages, and genetics.

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms

  • Sore on your mouth or lip that won’t heal
  • Red or white patches inside mouth
  • Lump or abnormal growth in your mouth
  • Pain in ears or mouth
  • Painful or difficulty swallowing
  • Loose or wiggly teeth

If you are showing any of these signs or symptoms, contact your dentist right away for an oral cancer screening, which we offer at Gentle Dentistry. Like most other cancers, early detection is the best way to ensure you can successfully beat the disease.

Oral Cancer Screenings in Tampa, Florida

An oral cancer screening takes place in minutes. During an oral cancer screening, the dentist will carefully examine your tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, and also feel your neck and lymph nodes for bumps. Dr. Rasmussen also uses the Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection Scope™ to help identify any precancerous lesions as early as possible. It is recommended to have an oral cancer screening annually to make sure there are no abnormalities.

Oral Cancer Prevention

Prevention is always better than treatment, so if you’re able to take measures to prevent oral cancer, it’s important to do so. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, avoiding smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, and maintaining a consistent brushing and flossing routine are some easy ways to keep your oral health in great shape.

Visit Gentle Dentistry for comprehensive preventative and restorative dental treatments in Tampa, Florida. Our staff uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver best in class treatment at an affordable price. Call us at 813-946-9942 or schedule an appointment online to get started. We look forward to your visit!

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