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It’s important that we discuss the threat of oral cancer. Most feel they are familiar with the topic of oral cancer and how certain risky behaviors like smoking increase the chances of a person developing it. It’s not as widely known that oral cancer can show up anywhere in the mouth, including the lips, tongue, and cheek.

Knowing where the signs can show, as well as the symptoms, will help you detect oral cancer early on. Oral cancer in its first stages may feel like a canker sore you can’t get rid of. Lumps may also begin to appear in different places in the mouth, including lips and gums. Other signs of oral cancer to look for are white or red patches, unexplained bleeding from your mouth, bad breath, weight loss, as well as difficulty when speaking or chewing. You may also have a sore throat, pain in your ear, or a change in your voice.

Scheduling regular cleaning visitations with your dentist Dr. David J. Harsant is the best way to find symptoms early on. They can spot complications that you may miss on your own. After your cleaning is completed, Dr. David J. Harsant inspects your mouth using either a glove, a dye, or specialized light to see if there are any problems.

If anything abnormal is found, we will run tests to determine if is or isn’t cancer-related and will give you advice on treatment options accordingly.

You may schedule your regular cleaning and oral screening in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with Dr. David J. Harsant at any time by calling our dental office at 910.864.4646.