Posted By: Tiger Family Dental

Preventive dental care is key to keeping our smiles healthy throughout our lives. We take the time to speak with and educate our patients, so they better understand what’s going on in their mouths. Educating our patients also helps them prevent oral health issues and improve their overall wellness.

What Is Oral Cancer and How Can It Affect Me?

Oral cancer, or mouth cancer, is any cancer that occurs in the oral cavity, including:

  • Gums
  • Lips
  • Tongue
  • The inner lining of the cheeks
  • The floor of the mouth (under the tongue)
  • Palate (roof of the mouth)

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies of oral or oropharyngeal cancer every hour. But if oral cancer is detected and treated early, a person is more likely to survive. In 2022, an estimated 54,000 new oral cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States, and of those, 43 percent won’t survive longer than five years. Long-term issues are likely for those who survive oral cancer, such as difficulties eating or speaking. 

What Are the Signs of Mouth Cancer?

Common signs of mouth cancer are:

  • White or reddish patches on the inside of the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Lump or growth inside the mouth 
  • A mouth sore or lip sore that doesn’t heal 
  • Mouth pain
  • Ear pain 
  • Difficulty swallowing or painful swallowing

To ensure your mouth stays healthy and disease-free, we routinely screen for oral cancer at Tiger Family Dental. However, if you notice any persistent symptoms and signs, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. 

Oral Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Sedalia

At Tiger Family Dental, our kind and knowledgeable team are here to help you throughout every stage of your oral health journey. Our ultimate goal is to ensure you reach your optimal oral health and wellness by maintaining a healthy, problem-free smile.

One of the many ways we help patients achieve this goal is by screening for oral cancer and educating patients about oral cancer so they can reduce their risk. Dr. Jon Ehlers, your Sedalia family dentist, looks for common causes, signs, and symptoms––such as an infection––so we can develop a treatment plan that works for you.

Please get in touch with us today to learn more about how to prevent oral cancer, reduce your risk, or schedule your appointment.