Some of the Symptoms
- Sore gums
- Sore spots around the inside of mouth
- Loose teeth
- Changes in speech/ difficulties speaking
- Difficulties swallowing and chewing food
Screening of the tissue inside your mouth, it should heal within two weeks. If it doesn’t it’s best to have the dentist take a look.
If left untreated, it can become a health concern.
We complete this as part of your general check up.
Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth, which most commonly involves the lips or the tongue. It may also occur on the:
- Cheek lining
- Floor of the mouth
- Gums (gingiva)
- Roof of the mouth (palate)
Sore, lump, or ulcer in the mouth:
- May be a deep, hard-edged crack in the tissue
- Most often pale coloured, but may be dark or discoloured
- On the tongue, lip, or other area of the mouth
- Usually painless at first (may develop a burning sensation or pain when the tumour is advanced)
Other symptoms that may occur with oral cancer include:
- Chewing problems
- Mouth sores
- Pain with swallowing
- Speech difficulties
- Swallowing difficulty
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Tongue problems
- Weight loss
Signs and tests
Your doctor and/or dentist will examine your mouth area.
The exam may show:
- A sore on the lip, tongue, or other area of the mouth
- An ulcer or bleeding
Tests used to confirm oral cancer include:
- Gum biopsy
- Tongue biopsy
X-rays and CT scans may be done to determine if the cancer has spread.
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because we pride ourselves on patient focused care.