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     As proclaimed by the American Dental Association, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month! Plantation Dental SSI dedicates this month as a time to raise awareness about oral cancer and promote early detection. As your trusted dentist office, we believe it is crucial to educate our patients and the larger Golden Isles community about this often overlooked disease. Further, we aim to do this by sharing about the disease and its symptoms, as well as opportunities for detection and prevention. Continue reading to learn more! 

About Oral Cancer

     Oral cancer is a type of cancer that can develop in any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or lifestyle. However, it is important to note that smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol excessively are the most significant risk factors. Other risk factors include a family history of cancer, excessive sun exposure, and HPV infection. 

     According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. We share this information not to scare you, but to inform you. It is important to be aware of this disease and its symptoms. Like most diseases, earlier detection can lead to elevated treatment and more successful outcomes.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

While symptoms can vary, common signs of oral cancer include:

– Persistent mouth sores or ulcers that do not heal

– Red or white patches in the mouth

– Lumps or thickening of the cheek lining

– Difficulty swallowing or persistent sore throat

– Numbness or pain in the mouth or lips

– Changes in the fit of retainers or dentures

Early Detection

     As aforementioned, early detection of oral cancer is incredibly impactful in terms of a successful treatment. Regular screenings by a dentist can help detect oral cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. If you experience any symptoms of oral cancer for more than two weeks, it is important to schedule an appointment with Plantation Dental SSI or your local dentist for a thorough examination.

Emphasis on Prevention

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer:

– Avoid tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco

– Limit alcohol consumption

– Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables

– Practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing

Commitment to Your Oral Health

     At our dental office, we are committed to providing comprehensive oral health care, including oral cancer screenings. During your regular check-ups, we will examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer and other ailments. We will also gladly discuss any concerns you may have, so please do not hesitate to speak up and ask questions. Our team is friendly, knowledgeable, and here to support you!

Schedule Your Screening Today

     This Oral Cancer Awareness Month, take charge of your oral health! Schedule a dental check-up and screening, and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Together, we can prioritize dental health, while raising awareness about oral cancer. Call now to schedule your check up: (912) 638-9001