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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

oral cancer awarenessOral cancer is on the rise in the US.  Almost 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed this year.  In the past, oral cancer mostly affected tobacco users and heavy drinkers over the age of 50, but we are now seeing an increase in oral cancer in younger individuals due to the spread of  HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).  The death rate still remains high with this type of cancer due to not being diagnosed until in its later stages.  Seeing your dentist regularly for exams is a great way to screen for oral cancer.  Also, in between dental visits, if your have any of the following symptoms that last for more than 2 weeks, call your dental professional:

 

 

  • a sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in mouth or lips
  • lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas
  • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Remember, regular dental visits are a great way to prevent bigger problems in the future.  For more information on the services we provide, please visit or website.  kg