Oral health is about more than just cavities and cleanings. Regular dental care can also help detect serious health conditions and diseases, including oral cancer. This form of cancer can develop anywhere inside the mouth, including the lips, tongue, gums, lining of the cheeks, and the root and floor of the mouth.
Port Clinton Dental Center in Highland Park, IL, offers advanced oral cancer screenings in our warm and friendly facility to detect the disease as early as possible. Our state-of-the-art facility includes the latest technology and our staff will always treat you with respect. Dr. Michael Wasserman, DDS has been providing expert cosmetic and restorative dental services, as well as oral cancer screenings, for more than 10 years in the Highland Park area.
Why Are Oral Cancer Screenings Necessary?
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, oral cancer accounts for about three percent of all cancers diagnosed. Early diagnosis is vital in order to detect and treat oral cancer with less invasive treatments before it spreads to other parts of the body. Port Clinton Dental recommends that you get regular checkups every six months.
Early diagnosis is vital in order to detect and treat oral cancer with less invasive treatments before it spreads to other parts of the body.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
While regular dental checkups can help detect oral cancer, you should also be aware of the symptoms so you can know when to go to the dentist for an examination. While oral cancer symptoms can be different for everyone, some of the most common ones include:
- Loose teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures
- A persistent sore throat
- Bleeding sores in the mouth
- Pain or discomfort in the gums or other oral soft tissues
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain or difficulty when swallowing
- Thickening of the skin that lines your mouth
- Jaw stiffness
If these symptoms appear between normal checkups and persist for more than two weeks, you should make an appointment to see your dentist or doctor. It is important to note that all of these symptoms could be a sign of something else, but it is always better to get checked out as soon as possible.