Dr. Christine Lee and her team promote ongoing oral cancer awareness for our patients. We very much want to help reduce the number who might fall prey to this deadly disease, a disease which kills people every hour of every day. At Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry in Woodstock, Georgia, we aim to detect and diagnose abnormalities in the early stages for the best possible treatment. During your routine visits to our office we check for the signs of this deadly disease.
But what about the months in between? Like breast cancer, oral cancer depends on early detection to ensure a high survival rate. You can do your part to be on the lookout for early signs of oral cancer. It is easy and simple and will only take a few life-saving moments of your time.
What You Should Look For
–White or red patches in the mouth
–A sore that bleeds easily and isn’t healing
–Feeling a mass or lump in your neck
–An unusual lump or thickening of the oral tissues
–Having a hard time chewing or swallowing
–A sore throat or hoarseness that isn’t going away
Next is the exam: To begin your self-exam, make sure to use a bright light and a mirror and remove your dentures if you wear them. Start in the mouth, look and feel the inside of your lips as well as the front of your gums. With your head tilted back you will want to check and feel the roof of your mouth. Then, pull your cheek out, one at a time, to inspect the inside and be sure to check the back of your gums as well. You will want to stick out your tongue and check the top and underside surfaces. And finally, feel both sides of your neck for lumps or swollen lymph nodes, and feel under your bottom jaw. And that’s it! Just taking this time every month to be on the lookout for abnormalities can save your life.
At Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry in North Providence, Rhode Island, we want to work with you to help you live a long, healthy life. If you find any of the signs or symptoms during your monthly self-exam, please let us know so we can determine what is going on and what actions need to be taken. If you have any concerns for Dr. Christine Lee and her team, you can reach us at 770.592.7000 today!