Q&A: In Honor Of Oral Cancer Awareness Month

There are those things that are easy to consider and think about on a daily basis. Then, there are those oral health issues that are often easy to overlook and forget about until they begin causing a problem. When it comes to issues like oral cancer, which are often silent as they begin developing, it’s easy to forget to remain mindful and proactive about keeping your mouth in excellent condition with preventive care. In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage you to consider answers to common questions that will help you get on solid footing regarding this avoidable disease.

Questions and Answers

Question: Is oral cancer really something that I need to be worrying about? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who has dealt with the issue.

Answer: We don’t suggest that you expend extra energy feeling stressed or overly concerned about this issue. However, we do encourage you to remain proactive. While you may not know anyone who has ever dealt with it, the disease is diagnosed in nearly 50,000 new patients every year and claims the lives of nearly 10,000 of those diagnosed. Prevention is extremely important.

Question: How do I know if I am developing oral cancer? Will I see obvious symptoms?

Answer: As mentioned, this disease is often silent for quite a while as it begins developing. While symptoms may eventually develop, you will have more success with detection and early treatment by keeping up with checkups (twice a year) with your general dentist.

Question: Should I come see you if I notice a change in the lining of my mouth or if any other abnormal things occur?

Answer: Of course. If you notice any type of change, whether it’s a well-known oral cancer symptom or anything else, we urge you to schedule an oral pathology visit, so we can examine your smile.

Prevent Serious Problems With Your Smile

Come see us if you notice any type of change with your oral health, so we can immediately guide you toward any necessary treatments. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.