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Signs for Spotting Oral Cancer Early | Periodontists, Wichita, KS

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A healthy oral care routine not only includes regular brushing and flossing but checking for any lumps, bumps, or pains that may be the sign of a larger issue. While the probability of being diagnosed with oral cancer is low, with less than .02 percent of the American population diagnosed with oral cancer in 2020, early detection can significantly increase your chances of successful treatment. At Cambridge Family Dentistry, our periodontists in Wichita, Kansas, have detailed things you need to know about spotting mouth cancer early. Learn more below!

  • Symptoms for Early Detection

    It’s important to know that oral cancer can originate anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, or sinuses. While regular mouth and throat pains occur from time to time, our periodontists in Wichita at Cambridge Family Dentistry recommend visiting your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms persisting for two weeks or more:

    • Sores, swellings, lumps, or patches in your mouth or throat
    • Red and white lesions in your mouth or on your lips
    • A lump stuck in your throat
    • Uncomfortable swelling around dentures
    • Numbness, pain, or tenderness on your tongue or in your mouth
    • Pain in your ears without an accompanying impairment of hearing
    • Difficulties moving your jaw, swallowing, or speaking
    • Unexplained loose teeth
    • A lingering sore throat
  • Importance of Dental Screenings

    While self-examining other parts of your body may be easy, successfully checking the inside of your mouth can prove a challenge without a mirror and proper lighting. Good news for you—your dentist and dental hygienist are educated and well-versed in performing preventative detection screenings for oral cancer! If you have identified any of the symptoms detailed above, our team encourages you to schedule a screening with a professional as soon as possible. Additionally, the best way to stay on top of your oral health is by practicing good daily oral hygiene and regulating your lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol use, and sun exposure.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in all articles published on the Cambridge Family Dentistry website do not necessarily reflect the views of our staff members at Cambridge Family Dentistry.

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Are you looking to schedule your next oral cancer screening? At Cambridge Family Dentistry, we have experienced periodontists in Wichita who are looking forward to caring for your smile. Contact us at (316) 687-2110 to schedule an appointment!

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