Oral Cancer Screening

Usually detectable and curable, oral cancer can affect the following:

  • lips
  • cheek lining
  • gums
  • tongue
  • floor and roof of the mouth
  • back toward the throat

There are over 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are found each year in the United States. Your dental care provider stands as your first resource for detection and cure against this disease.

Report to your dentist immediately if you discover any of these signs/symptoms in your mouth:

  • Sores that easily bleed and do not heal
  • Thick or hard lumps
  • Persistently rough or crusted areas
  • Numbness, pain or tenderness that may be new or persisting

Your dentist also needs to know if you notice problems with chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving any part of your mouth or tongue.

Tri-City Dental Care routinely screens for oral cancer as part of every checkup or cleaning.

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