Arm Yourself With The Facts About Oral Cancer [BLOG]
Since it’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month, your friends at Stephen K. Williams DDS & Associates didn’t want to let April come to an end without calling attention to this disease and how we can help you protect your oral and overall health!
Today, we want to honor our commitment to your dental health by talking about the signs of oral cancer, who’s most at risk, and how we can help you stay ahead of it with our quality, comprehensive care in Bicknell, IN.
The Signs Of Oral Cancer
One of the reasons oral cancer, and most other dental problems for that matter, is so dangerous is that you may not notice any signs or symptoms until it’s already advanced. That’s why it’s crucial to keep up with your routine dental cleanings and exams.
We have the training, experience, and technology to detect problems like oral cancer, gum disease, and cavities, at their earliest stages of development. When we spot any threats, we can move quickly and effectively to get your oral health back on track.
But there are still things you can watch for at home to stay on top of your dental health, too.
Here are some signs of oral cancer to look out for:
- Lesions that are white or reddish in color
- Shifting teeth or changing bite alignment
- Redness, swelling, or lumps inside your mouth
- Difficulty swallowing your food
- Numbness or soreness in your throat, neck, or mouth
- Mouth sores that are slow to heal or don’t heal at all
Bring your oral health concerns to our team in Bicknell, IN. You know yourself better than anyone, so if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or notice changes inside your mouth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Williams for a thorough exam.
The Most Common Oral Cancer Risk Factors
Some people are at a higher risk for oral cancer than others, and certain behaviors and lifestyle choices will also inch you closer to that high-risk category.
Here are several of the most common oral cancer risk factors you should be aware of:
- Smoking and other tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Family history of cancer
- Poor nutrition
- Too much sun exposure
- Gender (men have a higher risk!)
- Age 40+
As with any form of cancer, these factors don’t automatically lead to oral cancer. It just means you should be especially vigilant about routine screenings and making consistent healthy lifestyle choices.
Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening!
Your dental health is our top priority, and part of that involves raising your awareness about the potential risks you might face for developing oral cancer and other problems.
The other part of protecting our patients is with prevention and early detection using the latest dental technology and screening methods.
Your role is simply to pay us a visit about every six months so we can make sure your mouth stays healthy!