We look at our smile everyday – whether it it’s while we are brushing them or smiling for a photo, we know what our own smile looks like. Being aware of what our mouths look like is important, because the second we see an abnormality, it is vital to consult a doctor. Who should you see, though? Can your dentist help you if it is what you fear it is – cancer?
First and foremost, you need to know the warning signs. Oral cancer can present itself in many ways. Whether it be an abnormality of the lips, tongue, gums, cheek, throat, and the roof and floor of your mouth. In any of these places, oral cancer can present itself as inflammation, open sores, red or white growths, or discoloration of the tissue. You may also feel unexplained numbness in your mouth, or feel pain in your mouth, throat, and even your ears.
So what happens when you see a symptom of oral cancer? The first step is to stay calm. Often when we attempt to self-diagnose, and we mean very often, we tend to misdiagnose, as we’re not all experts like a dentist is. The second is to make an appointment with your dentist. As your dentist is the person who works closest with the mouth, they have the primary role of detecting any and all problems. If it is oral cancer, your dentist will be able to take a look and complete all tests needed to properly diagnose.
When it comes to treatment, we know how difficult the adjustment from pre-diagnosis to treatment can be. As your dentist, we do all that we can to make sure you are as well informed to your options of treatment so that you can make the best choice for yourself. We also are committed to making our patients as comfortable as possible during treatment, and help them maintain their quality of life along the journey.
Do you have any questions about symptoms or treatment of oral cancer? Give our office a call at 602.795.5995 today.