You may not think a lot about oral cancer because it’s something that most individuals would prefer to forget. However, we think about it quite consistently because it’s a destructive disease that we can effectively treat – that is, provided we detect the problem early. While treatment exists for all stages, the sooner we discover abnormal growth, the greater our ability to guide you toward a full recovery. By learning more about this disease and how to protect yourself, you can feel confident knowing you’re doing your part to maintain exceptional oral health.
Q&A: Oral Cancer
Question: What causes oral cancer?
Answer: There is not one particular cause. However, there are risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing this disease, including certain strains of HPV, the use of tobacco products, and alcohol use.
Question: What are some common symptoms of oral cancer?
Answer: When the disease begins, you may not notice any symptoms whatsoever. However, common symptoms include a persistent sore, teeth that become loose, pain in your throat, red or white patches in your mouth, a lump in your mouth, general discomfort, and other abnormal changes.
Question: Should I worry about oral cancer? Or should I just visit you if I think I have identified a symptom?
Answer: You don’t need to worry but you should be proactive. This entails visiting us once every six months for a checkup, so we can screen you for oral cancer. Waiting until you notice a symptom may result in seeking treatment once the disease has had time to advance.
ABOUT YOUR TYLER, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Tyler, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Tyler, TX, office today at (903) 758-5921. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Longview, TX.