Our dentists and dental healthcare professionals are trained to screen for mouth cancer.
Mouth cancer can develop anywhere in your mouth, including the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, or palate.
Early detection, as with any cancer, improves the chances of a positive outcome.
Dentists routinely screen for mouth cancer during your appointments, but if you notice anything unusual or detect any worrying symptoms, you can request an appointment specifically for a screening.
What symptoms can develop that indicate possible mouth cancer?
You may not notice any symptoms during the very early stages of mouth cancer.
Common indicators include:
Mouth sores that bleed or won’t heal
Red or white spots along the gum line
Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or speaking
How do you know if you are at risk for mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer is most common in older adults ages 50-74 and is more common in men. Smokers and other tobacco users have a higher risk of mouth cancer, as do heavy drinkers. Genetics also play a role in your risk of developing the disease.
Is there any way to prevent mouth cancer?
Lifestyle changes provide you with the best chance of reducing your chances of contracting mouth cancer. Stopping the use of tobacco products in any form, reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption, and regular screenings to catch the disease early and treat it are your best preventative options.