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There are several risk factors to your smile that can put your teeth and gums at risk of several oral health ailments. Oftentimes, your smile can suffer severe dental damage simply by the products you’re eating and poor oral hygiene. However, there are often significant oral health conditions that can arise that are much more important to treat. One of these is oral and throat cancer. Each year in America, over 42,000 individuals are diagnosed with oral and throat cancer. At a 5-year survival rate of 64 %, it is essential that as soon as oral cancer is found, treatments should begin. The sooner it is found, the greater the likelihood of recovery.

There are several symptoms that often arise with oral cancer. Although not all individuals are going to experience the same symptoms, they tend to arise in some form another. However, just because you are not suffering from any symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you’re not suffering from oral cancer. Thus, always visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening.

If you are noticing any irregularities with your gums or other abnormalities within your mouth, it may be linked to oral cancer. This can include swellings, irregular lacerations and rough spots, as well as lumps, bumps or speckled patches. If you have loss of feeling with areas in your mouth or a heightened sense of tooth sensitivity, oral cancer may be responsible. Other common symptoms of oral cancer include frequent and unexplained bleeding, persistent sores that last longer than 2 weeks, throat soreness, chronic sore throat, changes in your voice, dramatic weight loss, ear pain, rotations with your teeth and difficulties chewing, swallowing or speaking.

Stephen Woodard wants to provide you with a safe oral cancer screening. To schedule an appointment at our office in Spokane Valley, Washington, please call us at 509-924-8585. Dr. Stephen Woodard and our team look forward to your visit.