What are the Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

August 19, 2019
Orlando Smiles, Inc.
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Unfortunately, thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. Oral cancer doesn’t just affect the teeth and gums, it can occur in the throat, cheeks, lips, mouth, tongue, salivary glands, and more. Worst of all, when these cancers are discovered late, they become even harder to treat. 

When attending your annual dental examination or your bi-annual cleanings, a general dentist will typically check for signs of oral cancer. Knowing what these symptoms look like is essential to preserve your teeth, gums, and general overall health. At Orlando Smiles in Central Florida, we want patients to be informed about the following warning signs so we can catch oral cancer and begin treatment as soon as possible. 

Early Signs of Oral Cancer

If you have one or more of the following symptoms, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have oral cancer. However, we ask that you schedule a screening with a dental professional in your area if you discover a part of your mouth or throat that is concerning to you. If you have noticed a recent change in your mouth, teeth, gums, lips, tongue, or more in the following ways, please give our clinic a call at Orlando Smiles. 

  • A persistent sore throat or hoarseness in the sound of your voice 
  • A white or red patch that does not heal or disappear on its own
  • Frequent bleeding or an unexplained lump in the gums, cheeks, or mouth
  • A numb feeling in the mouth, tongue, or cheeks
  • Ulcers or sores in the mouth that will not heal on their own
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing or chewing 
  • Tenderness or pain in the mouth, cheeks, or throat

An experienced clinician will help you evaluate these issues and use tools to determine if they are related to oral cancer in any way. If we discover signs of oral cancer here at our clinic during a regularly scheduled appointment, we will gently explain the process for moving forward to begin treatment right away. 

If you are experiencing a symptom related to your oral health not listed here, it’s still best to contact a local professional who can diagnose the issue and help you manage any pain or discomfort you may be feeling. Either way, our expert staff is able to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your oral health. 

Schedule an Appointment With Orlando Smiles 

If you or a member of your family is experiencing any of these issues, we urge you to contact our clinic to schedule an appointment right away. At Orlando Smiles, we have more than 25 years of experience helping our patients feel comfortable in their treatment, whether you require cosmetic, preventative, or restorative care. We accept most PPO plans and make it easy to get the procedures you need with flexible payment options. Contact us today, our full-service practice is ready to take your call so you can have the beautiful, healthy smile you are looking for.