In a recent WebMD article, they discuss oral cancer – what it is, who can get it, how do you prevent it, and how to treat it once you’ve got it.
There are several simple guidelines to follow to prevent oral cancer. Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products, eat healthy, only drink alcohol in moderation, and limit your exposure to the sun and use sun screen.
However, if you do get oral cancer, the sooner you detect it, the better. In addition to oral examinations from your dentists, give your lips and front of your gums a monthly checkup at home. Be sure to feel your gums for puffyness and check to see if there is any discoloration in the lining of your cheeks, gums, floor and roof of your mouth, the back of your throat, or on your tongue.
More Symptoms of Oral Cancer
- Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/eroded areas on the lips or gums, and white, red, or speckled patches in the mouth
- Unexplained soreness or bleeding in the mouth
- Unexplained/persistent sores, numbness, loss of feeling, pain or tenderness in the face, mouth, neck area or ears
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue.
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
- Severe or dramatic weight loss