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Raising Awareness: Watch Out for These 6 Signs of Oral Cancer

In the dental world, April is dedicated to Oral Cancer Awareness, an important initiative to educate on the prevalence and impact of oral cancer, which is very treatable if detected early. Drs. Hubbard, Keynton Sill, and Mitnick conduct thorough exams to identify signs of oral cancer and discuss proactive steps to minimize your risk of developing it.

Understanding Oral Cancer

Oral cancer encompasses malignancies that develop in the mouth or throat tissues, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, palate, sinuses, and throat. Tobacco and alcohol use are the primary risk factors. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is also a significant contributor to oral cancers, particularly among younger people.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

Successful treatment is possible if you are vigilant and aware of the following signs and symptoms of oral cancer:

  • Persistent mouth sores or ulcers

  • Numbness or pain in the mouth or lips

  • Unexplained red or white patches in the mouth

  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the jaw or tongue

  • Abnormal lumps or thickening of oral tissues

  • Persistent sore throat or hoarseness

Reducing Your Risk Factors

Many of the risk factors of oral cancer are bad for your health in general, so you may notice overall positive changes as a result of minimizing these risks. It’s important to take proactive steps to minimize your risk of developing oral cancer.

  • Tobacco: Quit smoking and avoid all forms of tobacco products

  • Alcohol: Limit or eliminate alcohol intake to reduce risk

  • Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly, and visit your Sterling dentist for routine check-ups

  • HPV Vaccination: Consider HPV vaccination, especially younger individuals

  • Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can improve your overall health and is much better for your oral health compared to ultra processed and sugary foods

Prioritizing Your Health

Our dental team in Sterling is here to support you if you have noticed any of the signs of oral cancer.We highly encourage you to prioritize your oral health as we spread awareness about oral cancer this month. By staying informed, adopting healthy habits, and seeking timely examinations with Drs. Hubbard, Keynton Sill, or Mitnick, we can make a difference in reducing the impact of oral cancer on our lives and communities. Schedule your dental exam today!


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