Have you ever woken up with a headache or your throat feeling oddly sore and numb?
April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and Willow Bend Dental wants to help you keep an eye out for early signs of oral cancer. Each year, many of the nation’s top dental associations collaborate with the non-profit Oral Cancer Foundation to raise awareness for oral and pharyngeal cancers. Catching oral cancer in its early stages greatly reduces treatment-related health problems and even death.
Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer is the cancer of the mouth and upper throat. According to studies, every hour that passes results in the loss of life from oral cancer. This is the very reason why scheduling annual dental exams are important for both you and your family. During your appointment, your Willow Bend Dental dentist in Plano, Texas will check for oral cancer along with your biannual exam and teeth cleaning.
Potential Symptoms of oral cancer:
- Sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn’t go away
- Red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
- Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
If oral cancer goes untreated, you can suffer long-term problems such as facial disfigurement or have difficulty eating or speaking. Luckily, your mouth is a great indicator if something is wrong but if you notice that these symptoms are not clearing up after two to three weeks, please call our office in Plano, TX immediately.
Oral cancer is preventable if caught early on, so it is important to maintain your yearly oral screenings.