It seems like every single day, there is a new change to our world. It makes for a very stressful existence for the time being, and our bodies don’t deal with stress well. And not to add more stress but keeping healthy is important. One way to do that is by keeping your daily dental routines in place. Not only is it something we can control, but it will greatly reduce the chances of developing other issues, like oral cancer. Thankfully, routine dental visits will thoroughly examine your mouth, head and neck for any abnormal lumps, or tissue that looks out of the ordinary. If anything looks suspicious, further examination can be performed in the office or be referred to specialists. But while we are all sequestered to our homes, it’s important to know what to keep an eye out for. If you find you have a concern, contact your dental professional for a consultation.
The symptoms of oral cancer can be tricky because they can come and go or may go unnoticed. The most common symptoms are swelling, lumps, bumps, rough spots, or eroding on lips, tongue, or any area in the mouth. There can also be difficulty swallowing, chewing, or moving the jaw or tongue, unexplained bleeding, persistent sores lasting longer than two weeks and severe weight loss. If you notice any of these symptoms, it does not always mean “the big C,” but you should always have them examined. It is important to be responsible for your own health as well. Self-checking every month is a good way to be aware. Simply, being familiar with your own mouth can help you notice if something is suddenly different.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding oral cancer.
Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.