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Previously, we discussed two popular screening options for detecting oral cancer. Now, we would like to go over what some of the common signs are that may be related to oral cancer. It is important to remember that oral cancer is easily treatable when caught in the early stages. 

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 42,000 people were expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. The best way to detect oral cancer is through screenings, but there are some signs you should look for. Having one of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer, but they should not be ignored or left untreated. 

So what signs should you be aware of?

- Pain or soreness in your mouth, tongue, or lips
- Trouble with talking, chewing and eating
- An unexpected shift in your teeth
- Irritation in your mouth or throat that won’t subside
- Patches in your mouth that are red or white

If these symptoms do not go away after roughly two weeks, you should see your dentist immediately.

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If you have never received a screening for oral cancer or would like to be checked again, schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD.

Cancer is a scary topic and one that many people do not want to think about, but it’s important that you know what to do and how to get tested so you can catch cancer in the early stages. In our two-part series, we want to help you understand oral cancer and what you can do to prevent it. 

To begin, we will take a look at the two kinds of screening methods that are done to check for oral cancer. Oral cancer is actually one of the most curable forms of cancer when caught early enough.

There are two main types of screenings, OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. 

OralCDx uses a brushing technique to determine if you have any harmful cells in your mouth that have the possibility of developing into cancer.

Vizilite Plus works by checking your soft tissue and can detect if any of that tissue has a chance of becoming oral cancer.

Both of these tests are easy to complete and can help save your life. 

There are some factors that increase your likelihood of oral cancer, such as using tobacco products or drinking alcohol. These are not the only things that can cause oral cancer, but they are some of the more common reasons. 

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To learn more about what causes oral cancer, click here. 

Be sure to stay tuned for our next blog where we will discuss some of the signs of oral cancer.

Do you live in the Rockville, MD area and need to see a dentist?

If so, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels. During your routine cleaning, your mouth will also be checked for any signs of oral cancer. 

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