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Oral cancer starts in the cells of the mouth. Repeated injury from smoking, alcohol or even friction may cause sores or painful areas where cancer can start. Your dentist has the medical training, expertise and the greatest opportunity to detect oral cancer during your regular dental check-ups. Your dental hygienist as well as your dentist, always assess your soft tissue as well as your teeth during each visit to our office.
- Smoking and chewing tobacco (especially if combined with heavy alcohol consumption)
- Heavy alcohol consumption (particularly if combined with smoking)
- Excessive sun exposure (to the lips)
- Age – oral cancer is much more common in people over 50
- Gender – more men than women develop oral cancer
Signs and symptoms:
- A sore on the lip or in the mouth that does not heal
- A lump on the lip or in the mouth or throat
- A white or red patch on the gyms, tongue or lining of the mouth
- Unusual bleeding, pain or numbness in the mouth
- A sore throat that does not go away, or a feeling that something is caught in your throat
- Difficulty or pain with chewing or swallowing
- Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable
- A change in the voice and/or pain in the ear
If you have any concerns with your oral environment, please don’t hesitate to ask your dentist today!
- Use only approved, one-piece teething rings
- Place safety gates across all stairs
- Always use approved car seats in your automobiles
- Make sure toys are age appropriate
- Keep electrical cords disconnected and out of sight
- Keep doors and drawers closed
- Keep floors clear of objects that could cause a fall
- Avoid non-adhesive scatter rugs
- Put away unstable or sharp-edged furniture
As they grow:
- Continue to use approved car seats and proper seating with seat belts
- Ensure your child wears a dentist approved mouthguard and facial protection for sports
If your child receives a blow to the teeth, call us immediately, even if you see no obvious damage.
If a permanent tooth is complete avulsed, root intact, from a blow, please be aware that if the tooth is cleaned quickly and placed back up into the socket within thirty minutes, there is a good chance they can retain that tooth for their lifetime.