Oral Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need To Know

Oral Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need To Know

At Dentistry at Rea Village, we are focused on your oral health. Many health concerns can be attributed to poor oral health and one of those concerns is Oral Cancer. With each exam we do, we want to prevent health concerns, especially oral cancer. With April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month you might see ads for blowing a bubble for those who can’t.

Oral cancer occurs when squamous cells that cover the lining of the mouth, throat, tongue, and lips become abnormal. Many oral cancers can be attributed to risk factors such as heavy alcohol use, diet, sun exposure, tobacco use and smoking, as well as human papillomavirus. Dentistry at Rea Village screens every patient at regularly scheduled exams for oral cancer. It is important to discuss any behaviors or risk factors you experience with your dental professional at Dentistry at Rea Village in order to maintain your whole health.

Some symptoms that may indicate the presence of oral cancer include a sore that doesn’t heal, patches in your mouth, pain or difficulty swallowing, loose teeth, lump(s) in the neck, bleeding, numbness in the lower lip or chin, and persistent ear pain. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, call Dentistry at Rea Village and schedule an oral cancer screening with our dental professionals. As with any cancer, early detection is the key to prevention and successful treatment. Give yourself peace of mind and call Dentistry at Rea Village at 704.846.1401 and schedule an oral cancer screening and exam today.

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