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Warning Signs of Oral Cancer Elk Grove, CA
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Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

In the United States, oral cancer is projected to cause 8,000 deaths this year, killing approximately 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. The death rate for this type of cancer is notably high simply because it is often discovered in its later stages of development.

If you learn anything about oral cancer it should be that if it is detected early, it is highly treatable. Since early detection is so important, it only makes sense that you know how to identify oral cancer symptoms. Mouth cancer includes cancer in any part of the oral cavity or oropharynx, including the mouth, gums and lips as well the throat at the back of your mouth. Since the symptoms and warning signs may not be as obvious as you think, educating yourself is strongly advised.

Here are some common oral cancer warning signs to be aware of:

  • White, red, or mixed red and white spots (or patches) on your tongue, gums or any other tissues in your mouth.
  • A sore or irritation in the mouth that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal.
  • Bleeding in the mouth.
  • Persistent tenderness, pain or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek or neck.
  • A thick, rough, or crusty spot, or a small area in the mouth.
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, talking or moving your jaw or tongue.
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down.
  • A change in your voice that isn’t due to a cold or allergies.
  • An earache that doesn’t go away.
  • Numbness of the lower lip and chin.

By conducting your own self-check at home on a regular basis, you can potentially save your life. If you experience any of the above symptoms, please address your concerns with your dentist. Laguna West Dental recommends an oral cancer screening on a yearly basis during one of your routine dental exams, but it is important that patients take note and promptly respond to any warning signs or abnormal changes in their lips, cheek, gums or throat.

In addition to being aware of the warning signs of oral cancer, you can also do your part in preventing it. Keep your mouth and body at optimal health. This includes seeing your dentist every six months, maintaining proper oral hygiene at home as well as engaging in a well-balanced diet and exercising. Limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding tobacco products can also reduce your risk for mouth cancer.

Book your oral cancer screening today at Laguna West Dental!

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

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In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

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Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!