Every year oral cancer will effect over 37,000 people in America. Approximately 7,000 of these will die as a result of this aggressive disease. Early detection is key for successful treatment. Dr. Kifer and Dr. Bowen perform oral cancer exams at your regular dental hygiene visits to help their patients and protect them from the threat of oral cancer.
There are signs and symptoms of oral cancer, but the only way to detect and diagnose oral cancer involves an in-depth oral cancer screening. Here are some things you can look for between office visits.
- unexplained numbness/tingling in the mouth
- hard to swallow or speak
- check for lumps or bumps
- red or white patches on the lips, tongue, the cheeks, or anywhere in the mouth
- a cough or hoarseness
Oral Cancer is most effectively treated in early stages, so it is important to visit our office for your regular oral hygiene visits as we recommend at least twice a year. The team at NWA Family Dental are always happy to answer questions you have about your oral health. Contact our office today and schedule your visit.