I’ve been a cigarette smoker for a number of years and am concerned about the possibility of developing oral cancer. What are the signs and symptoms of oral cancer?
South Hill Gentle Dentistry John D. Kimball III, D.D.S. 509.535.8838

Smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol are risk factors for oral cancer, but it is important to note that more than 25 percent of all oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and who only drink alcohol occasionally.

The following are the common signs and symptoms of oral cancer:

• Swellings/thickenings, lumps, bumps, rough spots/crusts/,or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth
• The development of velvety white, red, or speckled (white and red) patches in the mouth
• Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
• Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling, or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth, or neck
• Persistent sores on the face, neck, or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks
• A soreness or feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
• Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue
• Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or changes in the voice
• Ear pain
• A change in the way your teeth or dentures fit together – a change in your "bite"
• Dramatic weight loss.

We routinely screen for oral cancer at check-up visits. If you are concerned specifically about oral cancer, call us today for a limited examination for that particular concern--or better yet call us at 535-8838 for a comprehensive exam and xray series at our dentist office on the South Hill of Spokane WA 99223.
Spokane Gentle Dentistry/ South Hill Gentle Dentistry John D. Kimball III, D.D.S. 3151 E. 29th Spokane WA 99223 509-535-8838