Oral Cancer Information
If your dentist or dental hygienist has not done so, ask either one to perform an oral cancer screening on you at your next appointment. It is with early detection that most cancers are successfully treated.
You can help reduce your risk of getting oral cancer by eliminating tobacco and alcohol.
If you notice any of the following signs and symptoms, contact your dentist immediately:
A persistent sore or irritation that doesn’t heal Color changes such as the development of red and/or white lesions Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue Change in bite
The Greater St. Louis Dental Hygienists’ Association is one of the sponsors every year for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Please check out their web site for further information.
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