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ORAL CANCER

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is a common cancer which has a high mortality rate if it is not caught in the early stages. It affects all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips. Early detection is key, so regular dental visits are very important, we are the first line of defense. Ask us about oral cancer screening at your next regular visit.

Oral Cancer

What are the signs of oral cancer?

The following are signs of oral cancer. Make an appointment immediately for a thorough examination if you suspect a problem:

  • Small, white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth, including the tongue, lip, gum tissue, cheek lining, the hard or soft palate or other mouth area.
  • Often pale, but can be dark or discolored
  • A deep, hard edged crack
  • Often initially painless
  • Could eventually cause a burning sensation or pain
  • A sore or lesion that bleeds easily or does not heal in two weeks
  • Any part of the mouth that changes in color
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips or tongue
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way the teeth fit together or the fit of your dentures
  • A sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the throat

How can South High Dental help?

Our team at South High Dental is the first line of defense because regular dental visits are an opportunity to thoroughly examine your mouth. Not only are regular dental visits part of the good oral hygiene that reduces the risk of oral cancers, but dentists are often the ones who detect oral cancers first. Ask us to discuss oral cancer screening with you at your next visit.

What can I do to reduce the risk of oral cancer?

Tobacco use is, by far, the biggest cause of oral cancers. All the following may help reduce your likelihood of oral cancers:

  • Quitting or reducing smoking and smokeless tobacco use
  • Quitting or reducing alcohol consumption
  • Practicing good oral hygiene
  • Yearly cancer screenings for soft tissue in mouth

Oral Cancer

What are the signs of oral cancer?

The following are signs of oral cancer. Make an appointment immediately for a thorough examination if you suspect a problem:

  • Small, white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth, including the tongue, lip, gum tissue, cheek lining, the hard or soft palate or other mouth area.
  • Often pale, but can be dark or discolored
  • A deep, hard edged crack
  • Often initially painless
  • Could eventually cause a burning sensation or pain
  • A sore or lesion that bleeds easily or does not heal in two weeks
  • Any part of the mouth that changes in color
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips or tongue
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
  • A change in the way the teeth fit together or the fit of your dentures
  • A sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the throat

How can South High Dental help?

Our team at South High Dental is the first line of defense because regular dental visits are an opportunity to thoroughly examine your mouth. Not only are regular dental visits part of the good oral hygiene that reduces the risk of oral cancers, but dentists are often the ones who detect oral cancers first. Ask us to discuss oral cancer screening with you at your next visit.

What can I do to reduce the risk of oral cancer?

Tobacco use is, by far, the biggest cause of oral cancers. All the following may help reduce your likelihood of oral cancers:

  • Quitting or reducing smoking and smokeless tobacco use
  • Quitting or reducing alcohol consumption
  • Practicing good oral hygiene
  • Yearly cancer screenings for soft tissue in mouth

Why choose South High Dental in Columbus, OH for your dental services needs?

With years of experience creating healthy smiles with dental services, our team at South High Dental uses the latest in dentistry so you can get the smile you want and need. Call us at 610-922-8952 or contact us to make an appointment to treat any dental problems such as oral cancer. At South High Dental in Columbus, OH we are happy to provide our dental services to our neighboring communities including Obetz, Grove City, Groveport, South-South High St., Ashville, Circleville, and surrounding areas in Ohio. We offer flexible hours and most insurances covers our treatments such as:

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