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Have you had your oral cancer screening yet? According to the American Dental Association, over 40,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every single year. If you are looking to improve your oral health and lower your risk of oral cancer, look for the common signs and symptoms of the disease, and visit your dentist for regular checkups and screenings.

One common symptom of oral cancer is irregularities in your mouth. If you notice any lumps, bumps, crusts, unusual swelling, rough patches, or eroded areas in your mouth, these may be signs of oral cancer. Other signs include white, red, and speckled patches in your mouth, as well as bleeding and sores that do not heal.

Not all signs of oral cancer take place in your mouth. Other symptoms include ear pain, numbness and loss of feeling in your mouth around your neck, face, and mouth, and dramatic changes in your weight.

If you feel like you constantly have something caught in the back of your throat, or experience difficulty speaking, chewing, swallowing, or eating foods, then oral cancer may be the cause.
If your mouth fails to open and close easily due to changes in the aliment of your teeth, consult your dentist for an oral cancer screening.

To learn more about how to set up a dental checkup or oral cancer screening, contact James D. Schuette. DDS. at 816-554-7656. Come visit Dr. James D. Schuette and our team at our dentist office in Lee’s Summit, Missouri by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. The path to a healthy smile starts today!