You can prevent Oral Cancer! Just see your dentist!

Did you know that an estimated 34,360 Americans will get oral cancer each year?  More than 25% of the 30,000 Americans who get oral cancer will die of the disease according to the American Dental Association.

The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco and alcohol use.  The other essential factor for early detection is regular dental check-ups!  Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination.  It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great.

Some signs of oral cancer are:

  • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.  It usually starts out as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.
  • A color change of the oral tissues.
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area.
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.

Dr. Rioux has the skills and tools to ensure that the early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. Another good reason to see your dentist regularly!

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