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Having an evaluation for cancer regularly is always a great idea. Luckily, you can have an oral cancer screening with every dental checkup with your dentist. It can also be helpful to have an awareness of other symptoms in case it ever does pop up. That is why we have provided you with this basic information on oral cancer.

Oral cancer screenings happen during your semiannual checkup with your dentist, Dr. Brian Miller. That is because the earlier any cancer is found, the greater the chances are at overcoming it. Oral cancer is extremely serious and can threaten your life. Knowing what to watch for when it comes to cancer can also help, so you know when to come into the dentist.

Some signs of oral cancer can include common things like toothaches or colds. If these aches and pains go for a long period of time and don’t seem to get better, come into our office at Miller Family Dental in Houston, Texas, so we can give you an oral cancer screening. Other symptoms can include various things like mouth sores, persistent pain in your mouth or throat, a lump or thick cheek, difficulty swallowing or chewing, white or red patches, numbness, voice changes, persistent bad breath, and even difficulty moving your tongue or jaw.

As you know, oral cancer is not something to take lightly. It can be fatal, especially when ignored and unchecked. If you feel it’s time for your next dental checkup and would like an oral cancer screening, please call us today at 281.225.4966. Our team is always happy to help keep your smile healthy.