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We’re Looking Out for Oral Cancer

Posted in Oral Cancer | June 15, 2019

During your twice-yearly exams with Dr. Egger and our team, we do more than simply make your teeth look shiny and bright. Sure, removing tartar and plaque and polishing your teeth are important. But even more important is our examination for the signs of oral cancer. That’s why Dr. Egger pulls on your tongue, pushes on your neck just below your jawline, and does other brief diagnostic exercises.

There are various symptoms of oral cancer, but our visual examination is critical to early detection. Early detection is key to successful treatment.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is described as beginning in the oral cavity. This can include the lips, the inside lining of the lips and cheeks, the teeth, gums, most of the tongue, the bottom of the mouth, and the hard palate.

Symptoms of oral cancer

These are some of the most common oral cancer signs or symptoms:

  • A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heel is the most common symptom of oral cancer
  • Persistent mouth pain, in contrast to tooth pain
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsils, or lining of the mouth
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Numbness of the tongue or other areas inside the mouth
  • Jaw swelling
  • Loosening teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Persistent bad breath

If we find any suspicious lesions (lumps, bumps, or sores) in our exam, we usually opt to remove the growth and send it off to the lab for evaluation. Most of these growths prove to be benign, but if they are cancerous the key to treatment success is catching them early. That’s one of the reasons we ask our patients to be diligent about being sure to keep up their twice-yearly exams with us.

Are you due for your next cleaning and exam with Dr. Egger? Call us at (989) 773-3560 to make your appointment.


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