As April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our dentists and team would like to provide some helpful information about oral cancer and encourage you to come in for an oral cancer screening. At our office, oral cancer screenings are performed during routine dental appointments.
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, inside of the mouth, throat, tonsils and salivary glands. It is important that oral cancer be detected and treated early because, like most cancers, oral cancer can be fatal. If oral cancer is not diagnosed early, it is more likely that surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy will be needed.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
Although there are some symptoms that you can watch out for, you may not always notice the early signs of oral cancer. That is why you should have regular oral cancer screenings in Henderson, Nevada, with Drs. Gubler and Gubler. In addition to having a screening every six months, contact Gubler Dental if you notice any of the following symptoms:
– A sore inside the mouth or on the lips that bleeds easily and will not heal
– Numbness in the mouth
– A lump in the cheek
– White or red patches inside of the mouth
– Trouble chewing or swallowing
– Unexplained soreness in the mouth
– The unexplained sensation that something is caught in the throat
– Swelling jaw
– A change in your voice
We encourage you to contact our office at (702) 558-9977 today to learn more about oral cancer and to schedule your next screening. We are here to aid you and your oral health!