In order to keep your mouth as safe as possible, it is important to always look for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. If you are suffering from oral cancer, you need to make sure that you are taking the necessary steps to protect your smile as needed. This includes always looking for indications of damage within your mouth.
If you notice any changes in the way your mouth works, visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening. We use the state-of-the-art Identafi® oral cancer screening system. Signs that you might need to check for oral cancer include feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat, dramatic weight loss, chronic sore throat, a change in your voice, or difficulties with your jaw or tongue, or speaking and chewing abilities.
Visual clues as to the presence of oral cancer are often noticed on your lips and gums. If you notice any lumps or bumps, rough spots, eroded areas or swellings and thickenings of your lips and gums, visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening. Other common visual clues to oral cancer include unexplained bleeding, dramatic weight loss, a loss of feeling in your facial area, unexplained numbness, or velvety patches that arise.
Our team at Belmont Dental Associates wants to keep your smile safe with routine oral cancer screenings. To book an appointment at our dentist office in Haledon, New Jersey, please contact Dr. Lembo, Dr. Jaffin and our team at 973-790-4494.