This message from Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy DDS in San Luis Obisbo CA focuses on a very serious issue: oral cancer. Oral cancer claims tens of thousands of lives each year, which is why it’s important to stay on top of the signs. Early detection can make all the difference!
At home, you can pay attention for any of the following:
- A lump or thickening in your throat
- White or red patches on your tongue, tonsils, or lining of your cheeks and gums
- Numbness of any oral feature
- Any type of lesion, cut, or canker-type sore that doesn’t heal within 14 days
If you notice anything unusual, be sure to tell your doctor. A dentist can help, but they might not know right away if what they’re looking at is cancerous, and will probably refer you for additional testing.
Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy DDS in San Luis Obisbo CA wants all our patients to have the healthiest oral biomes possible, and it only takes a few minutes to check for these signs at home. People from Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande also come to our practice for complete general dentistry. Contact us today!