Dentists give confidence and support to patients who have problems with their oral health.
What you may not realize is that sometimes, a dental screening may help save your life!
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
Although oral cancer has a high survival rate if it’s caught early, many times it’s diagnosed in the late stages when the survival rate is much lower. That’s why it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.
Signs and symptoms
Although oral cancer can be caused by factors such as tobacco use and HPV, the signs are pretty varied and diverse. They include:
- Unexplained vocal changes;
- A white or red patch on your tongue or gums;
- A mouth or lip sore that won’t heal;
- Swelling in the jaw or trouble moving your jaw;
- Bleeding from your mouth or lips;
- Unexplained sore throat;
- A feeling as if there is a lump or something caught in your throat; and
- Trouble moving your tongue.
If you develop any of these symptoms, it’s important to get checked out immediately.
Because the mortality rate is so high if the disease is detected late, it’s important you get regular six-month check-ups with your dentist. During the check-up, your dentist will check your mouth tissues. And, may just save your life.
Dr. Potts is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to his technical proficiency, Dr. Potts is a careful listener. He makes sure to understand what you want and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for your individual needs, along with all options available to you.