What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

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Oral Cancer is a serious condition that all dental clients should discuss with their family dentist. The Columbus, Ohio, dentists at Oak Creek Dental understand how important your oral health is, and are experts in screening for signs of oral cancer or abnormality. Here is some information you need to know about oral cancer:

  1. Symptoms: Those with signs of oral cancer will have persistent soars on the face, neck, or mouth that won’t heal within 14 days. They will also have difficulty chewing or speaking, ear pain, unexplained bleeding in the mouth, and develop freckled spots in the mouth.
  2. Risks: Those with a family history of cancer or who smoke, drink alcohol excessively or use smokeless tobacco are more likely to develop oral cancer. Although it is more frequent in persons over 40, young people should also be cautious and consider occasional screenings.
  3. Diagnosis: During a routine exam, dentists will look for any abnormal lumps or sores in and around the mouth. They will also discuss a patient’s history and lifestyle to determine risk.
  4. Treatment: Most dentists will recommend a multidisciplinary approach of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. To avoid complications during healing, teeth will be cleaned and dental problems like tooth decay will be treated.
  5. Long-term Recovery: The survival rate for patients after one year of treatment is roughly 81%. For five to ten years, survival rates are between 41% and 56%. These statistics highlight the importance of prevention and early detection through screening.

Screening for oral cancer is a routine procedure that can be performed by your dentist. At Oak Creek Dental, we take these screenings seriously and work to make sure that every patient understands the importance of dental and oral health. To learn more about oral cancer screenings and our other services, call us today at (614) 882-5525.

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Columbus, OH 43229
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