Oral Cancer is said to be one the deadliest because it often goes undetected until it is in the latter stages.
That is another reason why regular dental examinations are so critical. If caught and treated early, oral cancer has a very low morbidity rate. With roughly 30,000 new cases being diagnosed each year, your dentist is your first line of detection and defense against this disease.
Oral cancer can affect the lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor and roof of the mouth, and also move back toward the throat.
Always report to Nicoma Park Dental if you discover any of these possible signs:
- Sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- Lumps or spots that are thick or hard
- Persistently rough or crusted areas
- Numbness, pain or tenderness that may be new or persisting
During your regular dental exam, Dr. Jason Wallace will ask if you notice problems chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving any part of your mouth or tongue. Nicoma Dental Park routinely screens for oral cancer as part of every comprehensive dental exam or cleaning.
In addition to the visual exam, Nicoma Park Dental offers a more in-depth screening process that can detect oral cancer in its infancy. Ask your dental hygienist about it during your next check-up.