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Oral Cancer Awareness

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Did you know one of your body’s most important early warning systems is your mouth?

During the month of April, the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology (AAOMP), American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and the American Dental Association (ADA)  join forces with the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) in its campaign to remind everyone that regular oral cancer examinations from your dental professional are the best methods to detect oral cancer in its early stages.

Healthy Smile  encourages our patients to maintain their regular dental v appointments to assure oral health is always address and  that any suspicious changes in your oral health can be caught promptly.

In between dental visits, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see their dentist if they do not disappear after two weeks.

  • a sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
  • red or white patches
  • pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • a lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

Please contact Healthy Smile if you have any suspicious lumps or sores or questions. Oral Cancer Screenings are quick and painless.

ADA. “April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.” April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. ADA, 11 Apr. 2013. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

For additional information visit the Oral Cancer Foundation website.

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