Oral cancer is a serious affliction affecting many Americans, and unfortunately also has one of the lowest survival rates. Oral cancer often leads to several other serious complications, including tooth decay, dry mouth, overly sensitive teeth, and pain in the jaw and gums. Oral cancer can even lead to disfigurement of the neck and chronic pain. For treatment of the symptoms of oral cancer in Brookfield, please contact our office for an appointment.
We often see oral cancer in Brookfield most commonly affecting the tongue, and also the lips, gums and other soft palate tissues in the mouth. Keeping up with regular visits to the dentist can help you discover the early warning signs of oral cancer in Brookfield so that the malady can be better treated before more serious conditions occur.
Warning signs of oral cancer are typically seen as lumps, patchy areas and lesions, or breaks in the tissues of the mouth. As these lumps or lesions are not usually painful early on, they might not be detected for quite some time.
Other common early signs of oral cancer include:
- Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing.
- Unusual bleeding or persistent sores in the mouth that won't heal.
- Lumps or growths in other nearby areas, such as the throat or neck.
Proper oral hygiene, along with otherrecommended methods of prevention can serve to stave off oral cancer in Brookfield. Avoiding tobacco and alcohol use is one of the key methods of prevention. Certain kinds of foods and even overexposure to the sun have also been linked to oral cancer. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is one of the best defenses against oral cancer.