Did you know that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month? When faced with so many other common oral health problems, such as cavities, structural cracks, or gum disease, it can be easy to forget that oral cancer is a threat as well. The statistics are shocking, though – This year, tens of thousands of people will be diagnosed with the disease, and half of them won’t live beyond five more years. That’s why Dr. Isaacson and his dental team are committed to thoroughly checking your mouth for signs of oral cancer every time you come in for a check-up at our Oklahoma City office. In addition, here are possible symptoms that you can look for at home:
- Flat, white or red spots or sores in the mouth that are painless
- A sudden color change in your oral tissue
- A sore in your mouth that bleeds and doesn’t show signs of healing
- An eroded area, lump, or crusty spot in the mouth
- Excessive pain, tenderness, or numbers in the mouth or lips
However, remember that your dentist should always be your first line of defense against oral cancer. While oral cancer may be incredibly destructive in its more advanced stages, patients whose symptoms are noticed by a professional early on before the disease has progressed have a much higher chance of being treated successfully. By attending a routine check-up with Dr. Isaacson once every six months, you’ll provide our team with the opportunity to keep a close eye on your teeth and gums and spot any suspicious areas.
Here in Oklahoma City, our team is committed to providing you and your family with personalized dental care that treats problems quickly and effectively. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions about oral cancer. We also see patients from the surrounding OKC areas, such as Edmond, Yukon, Piedmont, Mustang, and beyond.