How to Detect Oral Cancer in its First Stages

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While many may know of the dangers posed to them by oral cancer, and the risks of smoking causing such cancers, not many realize its scope. Oral cancer can develop on any part of the mouth, such as the cheek, tongue, and lips.

This is why it’s good to be familiar with the early signs and symptoms of oral cancer. One of the first common signs of oral cancer is a canker sore like feeling that will not dissipate. Lumps may also start to appear in the mouth, including your lips and gums. Also, look for the following symptoms: white or red patches, unexplained bleeding from your mouth, bad breath, weight loss, and trouble speaking or chewing. You may also have a sore throat, pain in your ear, or a change in your voice.

It’s also recommended that you see your dentists, Drs. Harmon-Smith and Anthony, twice a year for cleanings. After your cleaning is completed, our dentists will check your mouth to see if anything is out of the ordinary. This is important because he may find complications that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

If anything wrong is discovered, it may not be cancer. Our Oconee Dental, PC team will conduct tests to determine what to do, and give you advice on how to treat the issue.

To schedule your dental cleaning and oral screening in Watkinsville, Georgia, please call Oconee Dental, PC at 706-769-1659.