Next month is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we’d like to take some time today to discuss the importance of oral cancer screening at Highland Village Family Dentistry. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 43,250 men and women in America will be newly diagnosed in 2015. Only about half of those diagnosed will go on to live for another five years. Fortunately, oral cancer screening does help. With testing and treatment for this life-threatening condition, dentists and oral surgeons are helping mitigate the impact of oral cancer every year.
Common Symptoms of Oral Cancer
One of the most dangerous aspects of oral cancer is that it can go unnoticed for months before it begins causing visible or tactile symptoms. This is why screening is such a significant facet of general and preventive dentistry. When symptoms do appear, they typically include one or more of the following:
- Sores anywhere in the mouth that do not heal after two weeks
- Difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing
- Any odd sensations, such as numbness, tingling, or persistent hoarseness
- Unexplained bleeding
- Lumps or a thickening of tissue anywhere in the mouth
- The appearance of white and/or red patches, frequently found under the tongue or along the lining of the cheeks
It is important to remember that oral cancer is most successfully managed when detected and treated in its earliest stages. Because the first signs of this aggressive disease are often difficult or impossible to see by yourself, oral cancer screenings with your Highland Village dentist are critical to continued oral health and overall wellness.
Schedule Your Oral Cancer Screening Today
The American Dental Association recommends that a thorough oral cancer screening be performed at least once per year during a periodic oral exam. If, of course, you notice any of the above symptoms or any other abnormalities, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas. Our team genuinely looks forward to providing you with exceptional care in a warm and welcoming office environment that makes you feel right at home.
Conveniently located in Highland Village, TX, our family-friendly dental practice is privileged to serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Frisco, Plano, Prosper, Flower Mound, The Colony, Argyle, Lantana, and beyond.