When we hear the word cancer, we are always sent into a state of shock. Here in America, someone is diagnosed with oral cancer every hour of every day. Because there are so many factors that can contribute to developing oral cancer, knowing some of the signs and symptoms you should keep an eye out for can help to diagnose the problem quickly and find some type of treatment. While you can’t diagnose yourself, if you find that you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dental professional to get a proper examination.
Lumps and lesions. If you notice red or white sores on or inside your mouth, it’s important to see a dentist as they will have difficulty healing, making it a perfect bed for bacteria, etc. Finding lumps or swollen areas in your throat or cheeks can cause painful issues closing your mouth.
Dysphagia. Dysphagia, or problems swallowing, will not only cause problems breathing but can also cause you to contract infection. If you feel a lump in your throat, or you find you are losing weight because of issues swallowing, make an appointment.
Numbness. Any numbness in the mouth or chin is cause for concern, so if you find this is a new constant, it’s time for an examination.
Tooth loss. If you find that you have loose teeth for no apparent reason, you may be developing early signs of oral cancer. Tooth decay and gum disease are signs you may be subject to oral cancer in the future, so see a dentist asap.
Bad breath. There are many reasons you have bad breath. If you find that it is a chronic problem, seek advice from your dental professional.
For more information about oral cancer, call Dr. Andrey Eng in Yorba Linda, CA at 714-779-2736 or visit www.andreyengdds.com.
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