- 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.