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Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

20/08/2021

Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world. With more and more cases growing in our young and healthy members of society who are non-smokers, it is more important than ever to attend regular dental check-ups. Like with most cancers, early detection is the best way to save lives. During your dentist appointment, your dentist will also be able to identify any problematic symptoms that could be oral cancer.

Risk Factors

People who are more at risk of developing oral cancer may:

  • Smoke heavily
  • Drink heavily
  • Have the HPV virus

It is important to remember that you can develop cancer without meeting any of the above criteria, but these things put you at an even higher risk.

Symptoms

Your dentist will be able to identify any warning signs or symptoms during your bi-annually check-ups, however, it is important to be aware of the changes happening in your mouth in-between visits. If you experience any of the following symptoms for more than 2 weeks without any improvement, you should contact a medical professional:

  • Chronic sore throat and change in voice
  • White, red or speckled patches inside your mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty talking or moving your jaw
  • The tissue inside your mouth is thickening/feels rough
  • Your teeth fit together differently
  • You have lost a dramatic amount of weight in a short period of time
  • Numbness in any area of your mouth, face or neck
  • Bleeding

Worried about your oral health? Book a dental check-up at our Kettering dentist now!

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