Dentists are in a unique position to spot signs of oral cancer that patients might recognize. Here at A Beautiful Smile, Dr. Gina Mancini and Dr. Savanna Fonkert make it a point to include oral cancer screening in Jacksonville, NC, with every routine exam. Our dentists examine your tongue, cheeks, gums, lips, and the top and bottom of your mouth to look for signs of this potentially deadly disease.
Every year, approximately 54,000 Americans learn that they have oral cancer. The disease has a 5-year survival rate of 57 percent. The sooner you receive a diagnosis of oral cancer, the sooner you can begin treatment and increase your odds of being part of that percentage.
What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
A red or white patch anywhere in your mouth could be a warning sign of oral cancer. White patches are cancerous 25 percent of the time, whereas 90 percent of red patches in the mouth contain cancer. If you notice these patches or any of the other symptoms indicated below, please contact us right away.
- A thickening or mass anywhere on the cheek, face, gums, jaw, or tongue
- Chronic bad breath
- Feeling a lump in the neck
- Loose teeth
- Mouth pain or increased discomfort while wearing dentures
- Non-healing sore
- Problems chewing or swallowing
- Problems moving your jaw or tongue
- Unexplained bleeding
- Unexplained weight loss
Although you cannot always prevent getting oral cancer, you can reduce your risk by quitting smoking, limiting alcoholic drinks, and taking precautions when in the sun to avoid lip cancer.
Schedule an Appointment with Us Today
The name of our dental practice says it all. We want to see you continue to have A Beautiful Smile. Please schedule a preventive care exam and let us know if you have experienced any of the above symptoms before we perform an oral cancer screening in Jacksonville, NC.