April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Bedford, TX Davis Family Dental Care is taking the time to shed light on this sometimes life-threatening disease. Nearly 50,000 Americans will be affected by oral cancer this year alone. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment.
Dr. Lauren Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Paul G. Davis provide thorough oral cancer screenings during every preventive dental care visit. Being screened for oral cancer every six months can help catch cancer early for the chance of conservative and effective treatment. Oral cancer screenings are virtually painless and take only a few moments. Your Davis Family dentist will visually scan all surfaces of your tongue, throat, gums and cheeks for any signs of oral cancer.
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Staying alert of any changes in your oral health can also help for early diagnosis. If you notice any changes in your soft tissues that persist for upwards of two weeks without healing, be sure to schedule an oral cancer screening with our Bedford TX dentist office.
Symptoms to Look For:
- White or red patches
- Thickening of soft tissues
- Open sores
- Change in the fit of dental appliance
- Hoarse voice
- Feeling of lump in throat
Some risk factors can make you more susceptible to developing oral cancer. Patients who eat a high meat diet and spend ample time in the sun could be at higher risk. Exposure to HPV and smoking, chewing or vaping also greatly increases the risk for oral cancer. If you have any of these risk factors or have a family history of cancer, be sure to pay special attention to changes in your mouth.
Oral Cancer Screening
Schedule your routine dental health exam at Davis Family Dental. Regular oral health care exams and diligent oral hygiene routine can help keep your mouth healthy. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for long term health.