Oral cancer can affect the lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, and throat. If you experience any of the following symptoms, we urge you to come in for an oral cancer screening at our office:
- A sore throat that does not go away
- Red or white patches in your mouth
- Pain or numbness in the mouth or lips
- A lump, rough spot, or eroded area
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking
- Difficulty moving the tongue or jaw
- A change in your bite (the way your teeth fit together)
During your dental visit, Dr. Scott G. Lamming will discuss your health history with you. Then he will examine the areas in your mouth and throat for signs of mouth or throat cancer. The screening involves a visual inspection of your mouth and palpation of the neck and jaw. Regular visits and screenings can improve the chances that changes in your oral health are caught early. If caught early, the cancer can be treated more easily.
Some patients are more at risk for throat or mouth cancer than others. Smokers and excessive alcohol drinkers over 50 years of age have a higher risk.
If you have any questions about oral cancer in San Juan Capistrano, California, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, call our office today!