Every April is recognized as Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer is one type of cancer that can be difficult to diagnose, especially in the first stages. However, oral cancer can often be treated successfully if it’s caught early. This is why your dentist in Kennesaw puts so much emphasis on making sure our patients know the warning signs of mouth cancer and how important it is to seek care quickly.
Signs of Oral Cancer
Even though oral cancer can be treated, it is cancer and it does take the lives of many Americans every year. An early diagnosis and treatment can increase survival rates. However, some signs of oral cancer can mimic other non-serious oral health concerns. Your dentist in Kennesaw always recommends that if you notice any signs of oral cancer, it’s always best to schedule a checkup. Some signs of mouth cancer include:
Check Your Mouth
Seeing your dentist in Kennesaw is the best way to get checked for oral cancer. However, you should actively pay attention to what’s going on inside your mouth in-between visits. In fact, the Oral Cancer Foundation, along with other professional dental organizations, fund a website that details how you can Check Your Mouth for oral cancer.
It’s important to know that oral cancer can happen to anyone, but there are some risk factors that increase someone’s chance of developing oral cancer, such as:
"I've been a patient of Dr. Bruce and his wonderful staff at Hester Dental for over 15 years! He is always relaxed, kind and caring not to mention a wonderful dentist. His staff is always "upbeat" and they know their craft well. I wouldn't consider using anyone else!!"
"Hester Dental has been a great provider for me for over 27 years. I hope for another 27 years of their expert treatment."
"I have confidence in Dr. Hester and will continue to trust this practice with my dental care."
"Professional, thorough, efficient, friendly."