How Texture Changes in Your Mouth Could Be Pointing to Oral Cancer
Posted on 8/20/2018 by Dr. Michael Allard
One of the most dangerous things about oral cancer is that, in its early stages, it doesn't have any symptoms. However, there are some things that you should be looking out for, especially texture changes in your mouth, which could be signaling the presence of oral cancer.
You know your mouth and what it normally feels like better than anyone else. Everyone experiences injuries that result in canker sores or suffers from a sore throat due to a cold, but if some of these symptoms persist after a couple of weeks, you should make an appointment to be seen by our dentist.
Self-Examination Tips for Oral Cancer
The mouth, just like other parts of the body, can be afflicted by cancer and you can do self-examinations at home to prevent its occurrence. Here are some tips to identify oral cancer in its early stages.
The tongue is where most of oral cancers originate. Your tongue should be smooth, look uniform, and be free of bumps and lumps. Pull out the tongue as far as you can and examine it closely.
The floor and roof of the mouth should be smooth and free of lumps or swelling. These areas are light red in color.
Check your cheeks for red or white spots and feel them for lumps by gliding your fingers all over the surface.
Examine your head and neck by standing straight, in front of a mirror. Both sides of your head should look the same.
Lips are exposed to damaging rays from the sun, which can result in cancer. Discolorations or lumps could be signs of lip cancer.
If you suffer from a persistent cough that doesn't get better after a couple of weeks, call us and we will do an evaluation. With these tips, you help you notice any texture changes in your mouth that could be pointing to oral cancer. Early detection is key to successful treatment!
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