Regular checkups with your dentist help more than just your smile. Today let’s focus on Oral Cancer.
Oral cancer is expected to strike more than 34,000 Americans this year, but it’s preventable!!! Early detection is key. Having a routine, yearly scheduled dental appointment could save your life!
It’s important to be aware of the following signs and symptoms and to see your dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks: A sore or irritation that doesn't go away; red or white patches; pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips; a lump, thickening, rough spot, crusted or small eroded area; difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw; a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth.
If your dentist finds something abnormal or suspicious, do not panic! As with everything in life, it is better to err on the side of caution. Your dentist won’t be able to tell right away if what he or she is looking at is cancerous, so he or she may decide to reexamine you a week or two later to see if questionable spots are healing on their own before recommending anything further; do a simple in office biopsy; or refer you for further testing. In any event, PREVENTION and DETECTION is the first step.
FUN, WACKY, & OTHER HOLIDAYS:
June 7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day (Don’t forget to Brush!)
June 14 Flag Day
June 15 Smile Power Day
June 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 17 Father’s Day
June 29 Hug Holiday