What Is Oral Cancer? What Are the Symptoms?

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening | Oral Cancer Treatment Miami

Are you a smoker? Do you have cancer genes running in your family? Oral cancer appears as an abnormal growth in the mouth. Cancerous cells behave differently than normal cells, they begin to grow out of control and dividing creating a lump (tumor). Mouth cancer could start developing in the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, or roof of the mouth. However, oral cancer is not only considered as a mouth cancer but also in the throat and sinuses. At our Family Dental Care Office in Miami, we urge you to sign up for our Oral Cancer Screening in order to be 100% sure that you are not at risk!

Symptoms of Oral Cancer are the Following:

  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Constant mouth pain
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Teeth or jaw pain
  • White or red patch inside the mouth
  • Numbness in tongue
  • Change in voice
  • Enlarged neck lymph nodes
  • Weight Loss
  • Halitosis
  • Loose teeth

These symptoms are very general. Although they might seem like it’s not that big of a deal you still need to visit a dentist for an oral cancer screening. Risk factors that increase the development of oral cancer are excessive sun exposure, a family history of cancer, smoking, chewing tobacco, or if you were contaminated with the sexually transmitted disease known as HPV (Human Papillomavirus). Ways to prevent oral cancer are by limiting sun exposure, using lotion to protect your face and lips from the sun, avoid smoking or excessive drinking, and developing healthy eating habits and exercising. Again, if you’re experiencing these symptoms longer than a week then you must get an oral cancer screening for early detection.

Keeping good dental care and avoiding certain bad habits can help you prevent oral cancer, an Oral Cancer Screening is essential if you’re already experiencing symptoms!

For the best Dental Care services in Miami, Call the Miami Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Andres de Cardenas today at (305) 251-3334 to make an appointment.