Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The month of April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Why are oral cancer screenings important?

Although many people are under the impression that oral cancer is rare, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 50,00 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018.

Another misconception is that only smokers and tobacco users will get oral cancer, but this is not true. Alcohol users and people who have contracted HPV virus are also at risk, as are people with a genetic predisposition, whether people smoke or not.

Early detection of oral cancer, while it is small, isolated and hasn’t spread, allows for more treatment options and a much higher chance of survival. This is why we offer and strongly recommend oral cancer screenings.

 

We Recommend Screenings

In Dr. Wilhite’s decades of experience, he has unfortunately seen patients suffer from oral cancers. What gives us hope though, is that new oral cancer screening methods now allow for earlier detection of abnormalities than was ever possible before.

Our office provides oral cancer screenings in Plano, and we recommend them to all adults over the age of 18. An oral cancer screening is affordable, fast, simple, and painless. They save lives.

 

oral cancer screening patient of David WilhiteAbout Oral Cancer Screenings

The most effective way to control oral cancer is through early diagnosis followed by timely and appropriate treatments. Because over 90% of oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, the vast majority of oral cancers are diagnosed from surface lesions.

Although there is no standard routine screening test for oral cancers, many pre-cancers in the mouth can be found early during screening exams by a dentist. Sometimes people will experience symptoms in the mouth that will send them to a dentist or doctor for an examination.

Unfortunately, oral cancers don’t always cause symptoms until they have grown or spread. Sometimes they cause symptoms such as a toothache or ear pain that can be mistaken for a dental issue when it is actually an oral cancer issue.

Related: Oral Cancer Symptoms

By having regular oral cancer screenings, you will be able to detect issues much sooner. You can schedule a screening every six months along with your routine dental check-ups to ensure you are examined regularly.

Please schedule your oral cancer screening this month. Recommend that your friends and family get oral cancer screenings. Save a life!

 


Are you ready to schedule your oral cancer screening in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can detect oral cancer issues. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear bracesTMJ treatmentdental implants and full mouth restorations.


 

 

 

Oral Cancer Symptoms – The Signs You Must Watch For

Oral Cancer Symptoms

Oral cancer is cancer that can develop in any part of the mouth. It is common enough that it affects over 200,000 people in the United States each year.

Although it can be fatal, oral cancer is often treatable if detected early enough. That is why we always recommend oral cancer screenings every year for our patients. If detected soon enough, treatment is available.

Because it is treatable, it becomes important to detect it as early as possible. Your dentist can perform an oral cancer screening using the latest available technology. Using the OralID device, your dentist can check your mouth for signs of oral cancer and find them sooner than previous screenings could. The screening takes just a few minutes and is entirely painless.

In between screenings, you should be on the lookout for oral cancer symptoms.

If you find any of these symptoms, follow up with your dentist or doctor to schedule a screening and evaluation. 

 

Oral Cancer Screening PlanoOral Cancer Symptoms

  • Persistent ores, swelling, lumps, bumps, or thick patches anywhere in or around your mouth or throat that don’t heal
  • A mouth sore that bleeds
  • Areas of red or white patches in your mouth or lips
  • Persistent mouth pain
  • Thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth
  • Painful swallowing or feeling of lump in throat
  • A sore throat that does not go away
  • Unexplained numbness or pain in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
  • Pain in one of your ears but without any loss of hearing
  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Trouble moving your jaw or tongue
  • Dentures that no longer fit normally
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Pain in tongue
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Ear pain

 

Why We Recommend Oral Cancer ScreeningsThese are the most common warning signs of oral cancer. Only a medical professional can provide a diagnosis.

Tobacco usage, in any form, increased the risk of oral cancer. Nearly 90% of people with oral cancer are tobacco users. Heavy use of alcohol also increases a person’s chances of developing oral cancer.

By limiting these lifestyle choices, you can significantly lower your risk of developing oral cancer.

 


Ready to schedule your oral cancer screening in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can detect oral cancer issues. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear bracesTMJ treatmentdental implants and full mouth restorations.


Additional oral cancer resources

Mouth cancer – Mayo Clinic
Early Signs Of Mouth Cancer – Colgate
Oral cancer symptoms – Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Oral Cancer – Web MC