Oral cancer isn’t something many of us want to talk about—but it’s an important condition to be aware of. Did you know that 3 people die of oral cancer every day? The even more heartbreaking news is that this form of cancer is 90% curable if detected early. That’s why oral cancer screenings are so important for our Hills Dental patients.
Here are some of the signs of oral cancer:
- Red or white ulcers that won’t heal
- Growing lesions or lumps
- Irregular bleeding
- Shifting teeth
However, there are more symptoms as well—and not all need to be present in order for someone to have oral cancer.
Our patients should know that certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of oral tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist. For all other patients, oral cancer screenings are important if you notice anything peculiar about the appearance of your mouth. If need be, contact Hills Dental to set up an appointment, or inquire about our screenings during your next visit. Your oral health and peace of mind are worth it!