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It is every patient’s worst nightmare to hear a cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately for dentists, it is sometimes part of the job. Here is how to spot the symptoms of mouth cancer, and some steps you can take to prevent it.

What To Look For

Oral cancer can be hard to spot, as part of your mouth are hard to see every day. However, any abnormality could be a sign of an oral condition in need of a dental check.

If you notice any open sores or ulcers that don’t heal quickly, or you are finding small patches of white, flaky looking skin in your mouth, give your dentist a call to have that checked sooner than later. It is also important to notice any bumps or swelling in your mouth. This could also be a symptom of oral cancer.

How To Prevent It

While there is no way to guarantee a cancer free life, there are a few ways you can prevent it. Eating a balanced diet, brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco, limiting your consumption of alcohol, and most importantly, seeing your dentist regularly are all great ways to not only maintain great oral health, but are known to prevent oral cancer as well.

Have An Oral Cancer Question?

Looking for more information on oral cancer? Give our specialists a call today at (602) 795-5995.