Early Detection: The Key to Winning Against Oral Cancer

June 10, 2024

Your health is important, and being proactive can make all the difference when it comes to protecting yourself from serious conditions like oral cancer.

According to the American Dental Association, approximately 50,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. Unfortunately, about 10,000 of these cases will result in fatalities. However, by being vigilant and getting regular checkups that include a thorough oral cancer screening, you can significantly reduce your risks and improve the chances of successful treatment.

Comprehensive care for your oral health and overall well-being at Maria E. Acebo, DDS

At our dental practice, we prioritize your smile and your overall well-being. Many people may not realize that the symptoms of oral cancer can mimic other issues that might seem harmless or go away on their own. As a result, many cases of oral cancer go undetected until it's too late.

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding harmful habits like smoking or excessive alcohol consumption are crucial in minimizing the risk of oral cancer, regular dental checkups that include a comprehensive oral cancer screening also play a significant role. In fact, many cases of oral cancer first get detected during routine dental visits.

During your dental checkup at our office, we perform a thorough screening for oral cancer. We carefully examine the tissues in and around your oral cavity and palpate the jaw, neck, and under the chin for any signs of pathology or abnormalities.

Be aware of potential warning signs

It's also essential to inform us if you've noticed any of the following changes or persistent symptoms in or around your oral cavity:

  • Mouth ulcers or lesions that don't seem to heal
  • Unusual lumps or thickened areas
  • Red or White patches
  • Persistent swelling of unknown origin
  • Painful swallowing, a painful tongue, ear or neck ache
  • Constantly feeling like something is stuck in your throat
  • Tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • Loose teeth
  • Jaw pain or stiffness

Trusted care for healthy smiles and peace of mind

Although the symptoms mentioned above can sometimes represent benign issues, it's essential to be certain. At our dental practice, we provide comprehensive care to support your overall well-being and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. To learn more about our office and the many services we offer, give us a call today.

Don't wait until it's too late – take control of your oral health by scheduling regular checkups with our dedicated staff at the office of Maria E. Acebo, DDS.

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