Understanding the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer in Las VegasPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
One of the best ways to screen for oral cancer is during your twice-yearly dental checkups. While occasionally patients with oral cancer will be able to notice changes in the mouth that cause them concern, most frequently, the early stages of cancer have symptoms that can only be detected by a trained professional who knows what to look for.
However, if you have any of the following symptoms you should make an appointment with your dentist or physician:
- A mouth sore that doesn’t get better
- A patch on the inside of the mouth that is white or red in color or that becomes thick
- Teeth that become loose
- Difficulty or pain when you chew and swallow
- A sore throat that doesn’t get better
- Stiffness or pain in the jaw
- An “off” feeling in the throat, like something is stuck
Oral cancer is a serious condition that should be given the proper time for screening. Dr. Christopher Lim has been screening patients in the Las Vegas area for many years and he understands how they can help prevent oral cancer. For example, oral cancer risks increase with smoking or the use of chewing tobacco. If you currently use tobacco products, consider stopping in order to preserve your oral and overall health and wellness. Other risk factors include drinking alcohol frequently and having a great deal of sun exposure on your lips.
If you believe that you could be at risk for oral cancer, call the Hillside Dental office today to schedule an appointment.