Oral Cancer Symptoms, Treatments, and More

To help you understand oral cancer in Riddle, Oregon, a little bit more, our Smiles Dental team has provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions:

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
The most common symptoms of oral cancer are:

-The development of lumps, rough spots, crusts, or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or inside of the mouth
-Red or white patches in the mouth
-Dramatic weight loss
-Ear pain
-A change in the way your dentures fit together
-Difficulty chewing or swallowing
-A feeling that something is caught in the back of your throat
-Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that refuse to heal within two weeks
-Unexplained numbness or pain and tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
-Unexplained bleeding in the mouth

Who can get oral cancer?
Men are twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, especially men who are over the age of 50, according to the American Cancer Society. Also, those who use tobacco products, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, have a family history of cancer, have been excessively exposed to the sun, or have HPV are at a high risk of developing the disease.

How is oral cancer diagnosed?
Typically, the most common way to diagnose oral cancer is with an oral cancer screening. This treatment is offered at your dental office and it involves your dentist thoroughly examining your entire oral cavity for any oral cancer signs. If a sign is identified, a biopsy may be needed, which is a treatment that involves your dentist removing a portion of your sore or patch and studying it in the dental lab.

How is oral cancer treated?
Oral cancer is treated the same way other cancers are treated—with surgery. The oral surgeon or doctor will remove the cancerous growth from your mouth and then you will begin radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

As you may already know, oral cancer is extremely dangerous. It can result in your smile destruction and death if it’s left untreated, which is why we strongly recommend that you call 541.378.4423 and schedule an appointment if you think you may be a victim of oral cancer. Your dentist, Dr. Natanael Repta, will be happy to meet with you and help you determine the health and condition of your smile.