5 Signs of Oral Cancer

Blue light inside a patient's mouth screening for oral cancer.

Oral cancer is one of the many oral health issues that Helotes Family Dentistry screens for at your bi-annual dental cleaning and exam. Like any cancer, it can be serious and even life-threatening if not caught early. This is another reason why it’s so important to visit the dentist regularly. In this post, we’ll go over some of the key warning signs of oral cancer that you do not want to ignore.

Swelling, Lumps, and Bumps

One of the telltale signs of oral cancer is a swelling or thickening in the mouth, or on the lips or gums. This could also include any new or unusual lumps, bumps, or rough spots. If you experience anything of this nature, be sure to bring it up with Dr. Brigman or Dr. Bejar.

Patches of Discoloration

Another common sign of oral cancer is the development of red and/or white patches in the mouth. These are often velvety in texture and may look speckled.

Unexpected Bleeding or Pain

Bleeding in the teeth and gums may have other causes, such as flossing for the first time in a long time or irritation caused by a sharp food. However, if it’s not clearly connected to something else, it can be a sign of oral cancer. This is another thing you’ll want to discuss with us, especially if it’s ongoing. Likewise, persistent pain and/or numbness that occurs in the mouth or throat area with no clear source could be cause for concern.

Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing

Developing difficulty chewing, swallowing and/or moving your tongue could be connected to oral cancer. If this happens and persists, speak to your dentist or doctor about it.

Throat Pain

Finally, oral cancer can present its effects on the throat. This could involve persistent throat pain, but also could mean hoarseness, voice changes, or the feeling of having something stuck in the back of the throat.

Comprehensive Care in Helotes, TX

If anything ever feels off with your dental health and wellness, we want you to know that we’re here to help and advise. Signs that could indicate oral cancer need to be taken seriously. Contact us to schedule a visit right away. Your bi-annual visits shouldn’t be put off either. Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment of numerous dental issues.

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