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Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

February 27, 2021 8:58 am | Published by

The word “cancer” is one that no one wants to hear during a medical visit. Fortunately, mouth and throat cancers are highly treatable when diagnosed early. A basic understanding of the early signs and symptoms of the disease can go a long way in helping you get early treatment. In this blog post, we’ve listed some of the most common warning signs of oral cancer so you can keep a watchful eye on your wellness.

Visual Cues

There are certain visual cues that appear with oral cancer. One example is a white or reddish patch inside your mouth that doesn’t match the color of the rest of the area. Additionally, if you notice that you have a sore on your mouth or lip that doesn’t seem like it’s healing, that could also be a sign of oral cancer.

Pain

Oral cancer can also reveal itself through a sore throat that won’t go away or pain in the mouth or ear. Another common symptom is difficulty or pain when chewing, swallowing, moving the tongue, or moving the jaw.

Additional Warning Signs

You should also watch out for: lumps in your mouth, throat, or lymph glands; unintentional weight loss; changes in your voice; swelling in your jaw; chronic bad breath; or loose permanent teeth. Healthy adult teeth should never be loose!

If you notice that you have any of the previously mentioned symptoms, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible. We don’t want to alarm you, but the sooner you act on oral cancer, the easier it is to treat.

Oral Cancer Screenings at Optima Dental Spa

Optima Dental Spa provides oral cancer screenings at our various locations around the Pacific Northwest. To schedule your appointment today, please contact the practice most convenient to you. Our team is also more than happy to address any other dental-related questions you may have.

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