The Importance of Early Detection of Oral Cancer

54,0001. That’s the number of oral cancer cases that will be diagnosed this year, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. If oral cancer is detected and treated early, there is a much higher chance of surviving without long-term problems.

At Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates, we recognize that the first step in prevention is dental health awareness. Our dental professionals conduct oral cancer screenings as a part of the routine dental examination. Oral cancer refers to any cancer that begins around the mouth. This type of cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, throat, soft and hard palate of the mouth, and sinuses.

To better understand this disease and what it looks like, it’s important to learn about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer. A few common symptoms are:

  • Sore throat or feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat
  • A sore or irritation around your face, mouth, or neck that has not healed after two weeks
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • Numbness, tenderness, or loss of sensation around the mouth, face, or neck
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • Bumps, swollen areas, lumps inside the mouth or on the gums or lips

If you notice any of the symptoms above, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible. Early detection of oral cancer is key in saving lives. With routine examinations, most types of oral cancer can be found in their early stages.

As one of the leading dentists in Souderton and Harleysville, Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care. By performing routine oral cancer screenings and educating our patients on the risk factors and signs associated with oral cancer, together we can achieve a healthy lifestyle. If you would like more information about our practice or our dental services, including orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants, browse our website. If you have a true dental emergency or questions about our oral cancer screenings, you can contact one of our offices at 215-486-1649 or 215-486-1652.