Oral cancer can affect the lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, floor of the mouth, roof of the mouth, and throat. Almost 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year and the 5-year survival rate is only 64 percent. In order to detect and treat oral cancer early, Dr. Douglas A Deam provides screenings for oral cancer in Coral Gables, Florida.
During your routine dental checkup, our dentist will examine your mouth and throat for signs of cancer. The screening consists of a visual examination of the mouth and a palpation, or examination by touch, of the jaw and neck. Regular visits with our dentist can improve the chances that problematic changes in your oral health will be caught early, when the cancer can be treated more easily. Contact our office to schedule an appointment if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- A persistent irritation or sore
- Red or white patches
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or lips
- A lump, rough spot, crust, or eroded area
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking
- Difficulty moving the tongue or jaw
- A change in your bite
Contact the office of Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA today to learn more and to schedule an appointment!