Your oral health is important to us. So is your overall health.
That’s why when you visit our office for dental cleanings and exams, we do more than look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease. We also are on the lookout for anything suspicious in your mouth.
While we hope you never develop this problem, we will let you know if we notice any signs of possible oral cancer. It’s just one of the many ways we want to help all our patients at Atlanta West Dentistry.
To schedule your next dental checkup, call 770-744-4619 today. We hope to see you at our Marietta, GA dental office soon.
Watch For The Signs
Have you noticed any of these symptoms?
- Sores that don’t seem to be getting better
- Tenderness or numbness in your lips or mouth
- Lumps of thick or rough tissue in your mouth
- Changes in how your teeth fit with one another
- Trouble chewing, speaking, or swallowing
- Patches of red or white tissue in your mouth
If you are experiencing one or more of these things, it could be a symptom of oral cancer. It may not be anything serious, but it is better to talk to your doctor sooner rather than later if you have any concerns.
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, 80 to 90 percent of oral cancer patients survive more than five years when their condition is found early. That five-year survival rate drops to 57 percent when oral cancer is found in the late stages of the disease.
More Things To Know
In about 90 percent of cases of oral cancer, doctors are able to identify one or more contributing factors.
Conservative estimates are that 75 percent of oral cancer cases are connected to tobacco use. Alcohol use raises your risk of oral cancer, too, especially when alcohol and tobacco are used together.
There also has been an increase in the number of oral cancer cases attributed to the human papillomavirus. This risk comes from HPV-16, which is the same strain know to be a contributing factor in cervical cancer. It’s also why health officials advocate for vaccinating kids around 12 years old against this form of the HPV.
That also means that about 10 percent of oral cancer cases develop for unknown reasons. While you can’t completely eliminate your risk of developing this disease, there are steps you can take to reduce that risk.
All of our patients are important to our team at Atlanta West Dentistry. It’s why we care so much about your oral health, which has a huge effect on your overall health.
Tooth decay and gum disease are far more common concerns, and they can lead to pretty significant problems if left untreated. But neither of those are as serious as oral cancer. Experts estimate that more than 130 people are diagnosed with this disease every day in the United States. We hope you are never one of them. At the same time, if you are, we want you to discover it as early as possible.