Oral cancer is a serious health concern, and includes all cancers affecting the mouth and throat, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, throat (pharynx), sinuses, and the hard and soft palate. Detecting oral cancer in its early stages is critical, as it significantly increases the chances of successful treatment and survival. Unfortunately, many cases of oral cancer go undetected until they reach advanced, more challenging-to-treat stages, posing a potentially life-threatening risk. However, when diagnosed in the early stages of development oral cancer is among the most treatable types of cancer. This makes regular oral cancer screenings a key part of your regular dental care.

Our dentists and team prioritize your overall health and wellbeing. As part of your routine dental cleanings and examinations, our experienced dentists and team perform comprehensive oral cancer screenings to identify any signs or symptoms of this condition. Common symptoms associated with oral cancer include:

  • A persistent sore throat or the sensation of something lodged in the back of the throat.
  • Unexplained bleeding within the mouth.
  • A sore on the face, neck or mouth that persists, bleeds easily and does not heal within two weeks.
  • Unexplained numbness, pain or loss of sensation in the face, neck or mouth.
  • Ear pain.
  • Abnormal lumps, bumps or rough spots on the gums, lips or other areas of the mouth.
  • Red, white or speckled patches inside the mouth.
  • Difficulty in chewing, speaking or swallowing.
  • Changes in the alignment of your teeth or how dentures fit.

While our team conducts regular screenings during your dental appointments at Dental Excellence of Kennesaw, we encourage you to reach out if you notice any of these symptoms or experience any other dental discomfort. Your health is our priority, and early detection is a key factor in managing oral cancer effectively.

Give us a call at 770-429-0955 to make your appointment with Dr. Lisa Kirshenbaum or Dr. Thomas Shaw and learn more about oral cancer screening in Kennesaw, Georgia!