When you hear about cancer, oral cancer doesn’t typically top the list. However, this type of cancer is actually responsible for one death every hour in America, 24 hours each day. Oral cancer also has a high rate of reoccurrence, which means if a patient survives their first encounter with it, they are 20 times more likely to get it again in the future. Shockingly, these numbers have not really improved over the years. Your dentist in San Ramon explains how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from oral cancer.
Understanding Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is defined as cancer of the head and neck regions. This does not include the brain, which holds a separate category of its own.
So, why is oral cancer so deadly? Because it is typically not diagnosed until it has reached later stages, which is harder to treat and a worse prognosis.
Oral cancer often mimics other conditions such as a benign canker sore and there typically isn’t much pain associated with the symptoms early on, which makes it tricky to diagnose on its own. Your dentist actually uses tools and a trained eye to examine you for oral cancer at every six month checkup, and this is truly your best defense against oral cancer.
Be Your Own Advocate
Aside from your routine examinations, you are truly your own best advocate. Pay attention to changes your notice in your mouth during your home care routine, and contact your dentist right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- A sore or lesion that doesn’t heal within 14 days
- White or red patches on your gums or soft tissues
- A lump in your neck or mouth
- Pain when talking or swallowing
- Numbness in your mouth or face
Contact Oak Ridge Dental
Dr. Rashpal Deol and his team strive to educate patients about oral cancer, as awareness is the first step in protecting yourself from this disease. With preventive cleaning and checkup appointments every six months we hope to help you avoid many dental issues such as gum disease and oral cancer.
Give Oak Ridge Dental a call if it’s time to schedule your next appointment.
About Oak Ridge Dental
Dr. Rashpal Deol provides comprehensive dental care with a personal touch, which is why he is the family dentist in San Ramon that patients trust. Oak Ridge Dental is also equipped with the latest dental technology for your comfort and safety.
If you would like to contact Dr. Deol, he can be reached online through his website or by calling 925-735-6190.