When thinking about possible cancers that can threaten the human body’s health, oral cancer can be easily overlooked. We all hear about lung, breast, and colon cancers fairly regularly. Because of this, you may not realize that oral cancer can be incredibly deadly. It’s predicted that over 50,000 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed in 2022 alone. Seeing your dentist regularly for a routine cleaning and examination will also allow for an oral cancer screening. Dr. Reza N. Roodsar and his team at Respond Dental are highly trained and can detect the earliest signs of oral cancer in your mouth to have the best odds of beating it.
While you may see your dentist twice a year, that still leaves time between visits where a professional eye can spot early signs of oral cancer. This makes it very important that you know some of the common symptoms of oral cancer. If you notice any of the following, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible.
These are just a few examples of symptoms that may point to developing oral cancer. But if you notice any other symptoms that seem out of the norm, you should always reach out to your dentist. It is also a good idea to cease (or at least minimize) high-risk behaviors such as smoking tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and excessive consumption of alcohol.
It all boils down to this: preventative care is your biggest weapon against oral cancer. Early detection will allow a treatment plan to be formed before the cancer progresses and becomes more life-threatening than it already is, even at the earliest stages. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Reza N. Roodsar at Respond Dental, please call (416) 318-7465.