All sorts of oral health problems can plague even the happiest smiles over a lifetime, from run-of-the-mill cavities to more serious issues, such as TMJ dysfunction and gum disease. But have you ever stopped and wondered if you could be suffering from oral cancer
? Oral cancer
isn’t as well-known as some other conditions that can negatively affect your teeth and gums, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous. In fact, one American dies every hour from oral cancer
, and only about half of those diagnoses with the condition go on to survive more than five years. Dr. Schramm
and his team are committed to doing everything in his power to keep your mouth healthy and happy throughout the years, and that includes keeping an eye out for any signs of oral cancer
, as well as doing his best to keep his patients well-informed. That’s why you should come in to our Charlotte, NC
dental office at once if you suspect you might be suffering from this dangerous condition.
Here are some common symptoms that could suggest the presence of oral cancer
- Flat, painless, white or red spots or sores in the mouth.
- A sore that bleeds easily or doesn’t heal.
- Excessive pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
- A sudden color change of the oral tissues
- A lump, crust, thickening, or small, eroded area in the mouth
Of course, your dentist should be your first defense in the fight against oral cancer
. Regular check-ups every six months allow our team to closely inspect your teeth, mouth, and gums, possibly discovering suspicious areas you may have missed. It’s important to remember that while a vast majority of oral cancer patients use tobacco and/or drink excessively, about 25% of cases occur in people who don’t participate in any of these risk factors. That’s why it’s so important for patients from Charlotte, NC
and beyond to trust their oral health care in the hands of Dr. Schramm
Don’t let oral cancer
sneak up on your smile – contact Schramm Dentistry
today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Schramm
and his dedicated team are eager to provide each and every one of their patients with comprehensive care that’s filled with comfort and compassion. We serve patients from Charlotte, Ballantyne, Matthews, Fort Mill, Indian Land SC, and Mint Hill
By Schramm Dentistry
March 18, 2013