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We perform an oral cancer screening on each client at every dental hygiene appointment!

50% of people diagnosed with oral cancer do not live longer than 5 years because it isn't detected early enough!

Cancer has a high prevalence on the tongue

      6 point oral cancer check

To help prevent oral cancer:

  • See a dental health care professional and ask about oral cancer screenings.

  • Stop using tobacco products - ask about tools to help you quit.

  • Limit alcohol consumption.

  • Limit sun exposure and use U/V protective lip balms.

  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.

  • Check your mouth regularly for signs or symptoms and report any changes in your mouth to your dental provider right away!

Most common sights oral cancer is found:

  1. Tongue

  2. Throat

  3. Floor of Mouth

  4. Lips

Signs & Symptoms of  oral cancer:

  • A sore that doesn't heal

  • A sore that bleeds

  • A growth, lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth

  • Loose teeth

  • Poorly fitting dentures

  • Tongue pain

  • Jaw pain or stiffness

  • Difficult or painful chewing

  • Difficult or painful swallowing

  • Sore throat

Risk increases with:

AGE, tobacco use (smoking/chewing), alcohol, HPV (human papilloma) virus,  prolonged sun exposure, poor diet, genetics and gender (more men than women)

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