How much do you know about oral cancer? Although more than 40,000 new cases appear each year,many patients are completely unaware of the symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer. It is a disease that can go undetected because early symptoms are mild and easily confused with other oral health issues. The easiest way to detect oral cancer early is to keep up with your regularly scheduled dental checkups. Dr. Holman and Dr. Frazier screen for oral cancer as a routine part of each and every dental exam. The earlier oral cancer is discovered, the more likely a positive treatment outcome. Don’t unnecessarily jeopardize your good health. Make an oral cancer screening appointment with Dr. Holman or Dr. Frazier at OK Dental Expressions today. OK Dental Expressions proudly restores smiles daily throughout Oklahoma City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and the surrounding areas.
Eight Oral Cancer Warning Signs
If you, or someone you love, are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an immediate oral cancer screening appointment:
- Red, white, or spotted patches in the mouth
- A slow healing sore in the mouth or on the lips
- Mouth bleeding
- Loosened teeth
- Swallowing problems
- Suddenly ill fitting dentures
- Lumps or bumps on the neck
- Chronic earaches
Oral Cancer: Are You at Risk?
Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, and the risk for development increases with age. There are many behavioral risk factors for oral cancer including:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol use
- Excessive sun exposure on the lips
- Contraction of the human papilloma virus infection
If you, or someone close to you, is at heightened risk for developing oral cancer, make an appointment with Dr. Holman or Dr. Frazier at OK Dental Expressions for an oral cancer screening today. OK Dental Expressions delivers quality care daily throughout Oklahoma City, OK, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and the neighboring communities.