Did you know oral cancer is a serious threat to your smile? Obviously, no one wants cancer, but fewer people realize that it can strike in your mouth, and without your regular dental checkups to catch it early, you could catch it too late. Our team here at Tyjuan Williams DMD in Augusta, Georgia, cares for your health, which is why we have provided you some information and insight on oral cancer and the dangers it poses for your smile.
Oral cancer can arrive anywhere on your lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, and even the throat. What numerous people may not realize is, your six-month checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening, so you can get checked regularly and catch it early if it should happen.
Signs of oral cancer can include soreness, redness and irritation, red or white patches, pain, lumps in your mouth, difficulty chewing, and the way your teeth are aligned. If you feel you are facing any symptoms, please be sure to contact your dentist, Dr. Tyjuan Williams, right away, so you can get the proper screening.
Any smoking, drinking alcohol and any other form of tobacco use will also increase your risk of oral cancer dramatically. That is why it is always a great idea to avoid tobacco at all costs. If you still have questions or would like to see a health care professional so you can have your oral cancer screening, call us today at 706-868-4200 to set up an appointment. Our caring staff is always happy to help you and your smile stay healthy for years to come.