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Mind Your Mouth: Cancer Signs, Symptoms & Prevention

More important than ever, early detection and immediate treatment for oral cancer is vital. More Americans each year are developing signs and symptoms of oral cancer as well as being diagnosed with the disease. The good news about preventing oral cancer is that you can become more aware of your dental routines as well as taking your dental exams very seriously and ensuring your mouth is healthy. Oral cancer screening is actually part of your regular dental exam, and if detected early can have a survival rate as high as 90%.

Oral Screening: The basics

Oral cancer screening includes a physical, visual and verbal exam in just less than 4 minutes. This includes an overall review of your dental history as well as your health history (percentage of risk for oral cancer) and a visual inspection of your entire mouth region. This way your doctor will be able to tell of any abnormalities located in every area of your mouth.

Signs and Symptoms

Twice a year dental exams sometimes won't be enough for detecting warning signs. Self-examinations in between your routine visits should be performed. Here are a few signs and symptoms to stay alert for:

  • Chronic Sore Throat
  • Sores on your face, mouth or neck that do not heal
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Swelling in the inside of your mouth
  • Hoarseness
  • Dramatic weight loss

Prevention Tips

Provided here are tips to remember when inspecting your dental health to keep oral cancer at bay.

  • Practice Safe Sex
  • Avoid the use of all tobacco products
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Eat Healthy Opt for Organic Food
  • Use Sunscreen on lips

About Johnson Family Dentistry

We are a dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures that will result in beautiful, long, lasting smiles!

We feel that the purpose of our practice is to provide optimum dental care for each of our patients.  It is our mission to deal with each person as if they were a member of our family and treat them as we would want to be treated ourselves.

Our Services include the following; Bonding, Crowns & Bridgework, Dental Implants, Fillings, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Cancer Screenings, Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, Porcelain Veneers, Professional Teeth Cleanings, Removable Dentures, Root Canal Treatment, Sealants, Teeth Whitening, TMJ/TMD Treatment, and Tooth Extractions.

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