How to Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer

You may have heard of oral cancer, but do you know the symptoms and when you should get tested? Here at Jordan Dentistry, we’re here to help ensure that you know the risk factors and signs of oral cancer.

Signs You May Have Oral Cancer

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    You don’t have to be a pro to spot the symptoms of oral cancer.

    White and red patches in the mouth or lips

  • A sore or blister in your mouth that won’t heal
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, moving the jaw, speaking, or moving the tongue
  • Ear pain
  • Change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together
  • Unexplained bleeding from the mouth
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat that doesn’t go away
  • Trouble chewing or swallowing
  • Trouble moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth
  • Loosening of the teeth or pain around the teeth or jaw
  • Voice changes
  • A lump or mass in the neck
  • Weight loss
  • Constant bad breath

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure

What Is An Oral Cancer Screening Like?

At Jordan Dentistry, we use an instrument called a VELscope during checkups that helps to detect oral cancer. The VELscope is a non-invasive tool that uses visible blue light to identify oral tissue that may look out of the ordinary. Although oral cancer affects mostly people over the age of 55, it is recommended by the American Cancer Society that you be examined for oral cancer every three years for those over the age of 20.

To schedule an examination or ask questions about oral cancer detection, contact us.

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