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How to do an Oral Cancer Self-Exam between Dental visits

Posted Feb 3rd, 2018 in Dental Tips

How to do an Oral Cancer Self-Exam between Dental visits

Oral Cancer is on the rise.  Let's team up against it!  Learn here about risk factors, signs and symptoms and how to do an oral cancer self-exam.  Know what's normal and be alert for changes in your mouth.  Together, we can keep mouths healthy.


Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Betel quid and areca nut
  • Previous cancer
  • Family history of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Sun exposure
  • Diet low in vegetables and fruit
  • Weakened immune system
  • Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)
  • Lichen planus
  • Poor oral health
  • Inherited conditions

Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer - American Dental Association


Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer often causes symptoms at an early stage.  Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as oral cancer.

The most common symptom of oral cancer is an ulcer or sore in the mouth or on the lip that doesn't heal.  Another common symptom of oral cancer is pain in the mouth that doesn't go away. 

  • a sore that doesn't heal
  • pain in the mouth that doesn't go away
  • a sore that bleeds
  • tongue pain
  • white patches, red patches or mixed red and white patches on the lips or in the mouth
  • a lump or growth on the lips, in the mouth or on the tongue
  • thickening of the inner cheek lining 
  • earache that doesn't go away
  • loose teeth
  • dentures that no longer fit
  • slurred speech
  • voice changes
  • swollen salivary glands
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck 
  • numbness or loss of sensation over the tongue or lips
  • jaw pain or stiffness
  • difficult or painful swallowing
  • difficult or painful chewing
  • weight loss    

Get to know your mouth and how to check it for early signs of oral cancer:

Learn the parts of the mouth, oral cavity with this diagram

View this video to learn how to do an Oral Cancer Self-Exam:

                                  


Resources and Links:

Canadian Cancer Society

http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/oral/oral-cancer/?region=on 

CheckYourMouth.org

http://checkyourmouth.org/ 

Mayo Clinic

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mouth-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20350997 

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

http://files.cdha.ca/profession/resources/Oral_Cancer_FactSheet.pdf 

http://files.cdha.ca/profession/resources/factSheet_OralCancer_print_en.pdf 

Canadian Dental Association

https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/talk/complications/diseases/oral_cancer.asp 


Smiley toothA self-exam for oral cancer is quick, easy and definitely worthwhile!  Our Lorne Park Dental team does a complete oral cancer screen at all new patient examinations and routinely, at all dental hygiene appointments.  Between visits, please keep an eye on your mouth and contact us if you notice a change that lasts two weeks or more.  It's never a bother.  If you have a concern, please contact us!

Keep your smile healthy and bright! Book an appointment with Lorne Park Dental.