Early-stage oral cancer is often overlooked, typically beginning as a lingering growth in or around your mouth. These growths can occur on the tongue, lips, palate, throat, floor of the mouth, or roof of the mouth.
Oral cancer isn’t to be taken lightly, with thousands of cases reported by the American Cancer Society every year. Regular screenings for the disease are extremely important. The earlier oral cancer can be caught, the more effective the treatments will be.
Anyone can suffer from oral cancer, but there are certain risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing cancerous growths of the mouth.
Note that you are still at risk even if these factors don’t apply to you. More than 25% of oral cancer diagnoses occur for victims who are nonsmokers and who only drink occasionally.
An early diagnosis of oral cancer greatly improves the success rate of treatment. At Norman Smile Center, our dentists are trained to identify early warning signs of oral cancer and will closely examine your mouth at every routine checkup and cleaning appointment. Not only can Drs. Campbell and Sparks catch problems early with these checkups, but they will also be able to monitor any areas of concern for indications that a problem may be progressing.
No matter how well you take care of yourself, oral cancer is still a risk. Norman Smile Center is committed to giving you the best in oral hygiene treatments, including oral cancer screenings. Take care of your mouth and give us a call at 405-329-6603 or fill out our form here to schedule your checkup today.