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Are you familiar with the devastating effects of oral cancer? Oral cancer can cause severe consequences to your health and mouth, so it is important to always receive the necessary care and screenings to determine if it is present. Over 42,000 Americans every single year will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers. To help yourself avoid this disease, it is important to make sure that you are regularly looking for any indications of its presence

Early indications of oral cancer are often associated with unexplained happenings and visual clues in your mouth. If you notice any velvety white, speckled, or red patches, or if have any swellings, thickenings, lumps or bumps, or other sores in your face, neck, and mouth area, it could be linked to oral cancer. Other common visual clues include unexplained bleeding in your mouth.

Physical symptoms can arise as a result of oral cancer. This includes unexplained numbness and an exceptional level of pain in the areas around your face, neck, or mouth. Symptoms also include difficulties with basic skills such as swallowing or speaking. If you have a chronic sore throat or experience dramatic weight loss, it could be linked to the presence of oral cancer.

If you would like to book your next oral cancer screening with Dr. Joe Gerard and the rest of our team at Arizona Dental, we welcome you to call us at 602-910-3860. Our dentist and team look forward to caring for you and your smile at our dental office in Phoenix, Arizona.