Oral cancer is a significant health concern that encompasses a variety of malignancies in different parts of the mouth and throat, including the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth, cheeks, pharynx (throat), sinuses and both the hard and soft palates. Early detection of oral cancer is crucial because it increases the chances of successful treatment. However, the reality is stark; most oral cancer cases are not identified until they have advanced to a more serious stage, making them harder to treat and potentially life-threatening.

Oral Cancer Exam

In our commitment to patient health and early intervention, our team here at Minorca Smiles emphasizes the importance of regular dental checkups that include oral cancer screenings. These screenings are an integral part of routine dental cleanings and exams. Our experienced dentist and team are trained to detect early signs of oral cancer, aiming to catch the disease at its most treatable stage.

During an oral cancer exam, we look for a variety of symptoms. It is crucial for you to be aware of these signs so you can seek prompt medical attention if they notice any changes. Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent sore throat or the sensation of something caught in the back of the throat.
  • Unexplained bleeding in the mouth.
  • Sores on the face, neck or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks.
  • Loss of feeling, pain or numbness in the face, neck or mouth.
  • Ear pain without loss of hearing.
  • Lumps, bumps or rough spots on the gums, lips or other areas inside the mouth.
  • Patches of red, white or speckled red-and-white in the mouth.
  • Difficulty in chewing, speaking or swallowing.
  • Changes in how teeth or dentures fit together.

If you experience any of these symptoms, we urge you to contact our office immediately. Our goal is not only to treat oral cancers and abnormalities but also to prevent them through education and early detection strategies. We also encourage you to maintain good oral hygiene, avoid tobacco products and limit alcohol consumption, as these can be risk factors for oral cancer. We also recommend that you continue to make and keep regular dental visits, as these are key not just to maintaining oral health but also in potentially saving your life through the early detection of oral cancer.

Contact us today at 305-443-4713 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Raymond del Castillo and learn more about oral cancer screenings in Coral Gables, Florida.

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