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Are you aware that over 42,000 people a year in the United States alone are diagnosed with oral cancer? Don’t forget your usual oral cancer screening! The sooner the disease is located, the greater the likelihood there is of a successful recovery. However, there are signs and symptoms you can spot by yourself, including alterations to your oral health.

One of the first things you should do is to look for signs of abnormalities in your mouth. This includes obvious lumps, bumps, cracks, crusts, swelling, and erosion in and around your mouth. Also, check for speckled patches or irregular white or red blotches on your gums. Keep track of sores when they first become visit in your facial area, and take now of how long they linger. Oral cancer can lead to sores that last longer than two weeks and bleed early and often.

Other symptoms include continuous sore throats, numbness around your face and neck, difficulty eating and speaking, dramatic weight loss that is not easily explained, and a lump in the back of your throat that does not recede.

Dr. Adrienne Fang at Adrienne L. Fang, DDS wants to ensure your smile shines no matter what condition it is in. If you are thinking about getting an oral cancer screening, please contact our dentist office in Valencia, California, by calling us at 661-253-0588. Let us help you find your healthy smile.