Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

As a dental professional, Dr. Dater is one of the first people who will screen for oral cancer and identify it in a patients’ mouth. You, the patient, should also watch for any changes in your mouth so you can be proactive in getting suspicious areas looked at by Dr. Dater.  The following are some potential signs and symptoms of oral cancer you should watch for.

  • A sore, bump or thick patch of tissue in your mouth, throat, or lip
  • A white or red spot in the mouth or throat
  • Feeling as if something is stuck in your throat
  • Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking
  • Having difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Unexplained numbness in the tongue or other area of the mouth
  • Swelling in your jaw that may suddenly cause dentures to not fit or your bite to change
  • A hoarse voice or change in sound of voice
  • A chronic sore throat
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you have these symptoms for greater than two weeks you should call Dr. Dater or your physician so your concerns may be evaluated. The above symptoms do not only mean cancer. An infection or another problem may cause these same symptoms.  But it is important to have any symptoms evaluated because cancer found early may be treated more successfully.

Routine dental appointments every six months allow Dr. Dater and his staff to evaluate the health of your mouth using both a visual exam and technologically advanced equipment to screen for oral cancer. Make an appointment today for your routine cleaning and exam.

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