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Cancer can appear anywhere in your body, including your smile. Part of the key to overcoming it is spotting it early or noticing the warning symptoms or signs. That is why we have provided you with this basic information on oral cancer, so you can know when to come in for your oral cancer screening.

Oral cancer screenings happen during your semiannual checkup with your dentist, Dr. Jacob Miller. That is because the earlier any cancer is spotted, the better the chances are at overcoming it. Oral cancer is very serious and can threaten your life. That is why knowing what to look for when it comes to cancer can also help, so you know when to come into the dentist.

Various signs of oral cancer include common things like toothaches or common colds. If these conditions go for a long period of time and don’t seem to get better, come into our dental office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, so we can give you a screening. Other symptoms might include mouth sores, persistent pain in your mouth or throat, a lump or thick cheek, difficulty swallowing or chewing, white or red patches, numbness, voice changes, persistent bad breath, and even difficulty moving your tongue or jaw.

As you can see, oral cancer is not something to brush off. It can be fatal, especially when ignored. If you feel it’s time for your semi-annual dental checkup or would like an oral cancer screening, please call us today at 616-364-7039. Our friendly staff is always happy to help keep your smile healthy.