Oral Cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers statistically because it is frequently diagnosed in the late stages of development. Early diagnosis through preventative oral health care could save your life. Oral cancer screenings are too often missed due to a lack of preventative care. Dr. James Lassiter provides oral cancer screenings for all of his patients during every oral health exam. Our Kingsland, GA dental care team encourages all patients of all ages to visit the dentist regularly for the early diagnosis of any oral health concern.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
Anyone can develop oral cancer. Oral cancer was once more commonly diagnosed in men over 45. However, with exposure to HPV on the rise, many doctors are seeing an increase of oral cancer in males and females as young as in their 20s. It is important for all patients to get screened for oral cancer.
Does smoking increase my risk of developing oral cancer?
Yes, it does. Smoking, chewing and vaping all increase your risk of oral cancer. PAtients who smoke and drink alcohol are at an even higher risk of developing the disease.
What are the sings of oral cancer?
- Sore throat or feeling of something caught in the throat
- Thickening of soft oral tissues
- Noticeable red or white patches in the mouth
- Numbness of the tongue
- Swelling in the jaw area
- Change in the fit of dentures
- Difficulty swallowing
Can oral cancer be treated?
When caught early oral cancer has a very high rate of successful treatment. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment. Be sure to visit the dentist twice a year and monitor your mouth for any changes. If you notice changes be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lassiter right away do not wait for your next scheduled visit.
Oral cancer screenings are just one of the many reasons you should visit Dr. Lassiter in Kingsland, GA twice a year. Routine dental care not only keeps your smile healthy but can also provide the opportunity to spot early signs of larger health concerns such as oral cancer. As your dentist, we consider ourselves a partner in your overall health care, helping you to enjoy the best quality of life every day.