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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Learning the signs of oral cancer can help you safeguard your health. Call your dentist in South Atlanta, GA, Dr. Travon Holt of Dentistry at Camp Creek, if you notice any of these early signs of oral cancer.

Sores that don't heal
Have you had a painful sore in your mouth for weeks or months? A non-healing sore could be a sign of oral cancer. Cuts or canker sores generally heal in a week or two. If your sore doesn't go away after a few weeks, call the South Atlanta dental office.

Red or white spots
Even seemingly minor changes in your mouth can indicate the presence of cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. Red or white patches can be early warning signs of oral cancer.

Lumps and bumps
Lumps, bumps, and growths anywhere in your mouth, throat, or neck should always be investigated. Lumps aren't always cancerous, but there's no way to know for sure unless you see the dentist.

Difficulty swallowing
A constant "lump in the throat" sensation may make it hard to swallow if you have oral cancer. Of course, cancer isn't the only possible cause of swallowing issues. You may also notice trouble swallowing if you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or have been under a lot of stress lately.

Voice changes
A raspy or hoarse voice can accompany a cold or other illness. If the changes don't go away, cancer could be to blame.

Loose teeth or a change in the fit of your dentures
Teeth or dentures can loosen due to several issues, among them oral cancer, gum disease, or a shrinking jawbone. If you wear dentures, your mouth will also change as healing occurs after tooth extractions.

Difficulty eating
Cancerous tumors can affect the way your jaw or tongue moves or cause numbness that makes it hard to eat. If you've been having trouble eating lately, call the dental office right away.

Pain is a sign that something isn't quite right. If pain in your mouth, gums, teeth, lips, throat, or neck lasts more than a few days, get in touch with the dentist.

Are you concerned that changes in your mouth or throat may mean that you have oral cancer? Call your South Atlanta, GA, dentist at (404) 629-9290 today!