Here at Allenton Dental in Derby part of your routine dental check-up will include an oral cancer screening examination. Your dentist will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face and oral cavity. When examining your mouth, your dentist will look for any sores or discoloured tissue as well as check for any signs and symptoms mentioned above.
The most common oral cancer symptoms include:
- White, red or speckled patches in the mouth.
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth.
- Persistent sores on the face, neck or mouth that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks.
- Swellings/thickenings, lumps or bumps, rough spots/crusts/eroded areas on the lips, gums or other areas inside the mouth.
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.
- Hoarseness, chronic sore throat or change in voice.
- Unexplained numbness, loss of feeling or pain/tenderness in any area of the face, mouth or neck.
- Ear pain
- Dramatic weight loss
Here at Allenton Dental if your dentist finds anything suspicious in your mouth then you will be referred to the hospital for a second opinion. Usually a biopsy will be performed to diagnose or rule out oral cancer.
If you experience any of the above symptoms contact your dentist immediately.