Usually detectable and curable, oral cancer can affect lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor and roof of the mouth, and back toward the throat. About 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are found each year. Your dentist stands as your first line of detection and defense against this disease.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Always report to your dentist if you discover any of these possible signs:
Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
Lumps or spots that are thick or hard
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 chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving any part of your mouth or tongue. Fox Valley Family Dentistry routinely screens for oral cancer as part of every checkup or cleaning.