November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, whether they have their own teeth or not? Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to either tobacco or alcohol. Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, and if you consume alcohol and cigarettes together, the risk is even higher.

Since November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month when in doubt, get checked out. Encourage others to pay more attention to what’s going on inside their mouth.

Even though mouth cancer can strike in several places, including the lips, tongue, and cheeks, it’s important to know what to look out for.

These are the signs and symptoms you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Mouth ulcers that aren’t healing
  • Red and white patches in your mouth
  • Unusual lumps or swelling in your mouth

If you start to notice any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately! Mouth cancer can be detected early through a mouth examination with your dentist. The early the detection, the better the chances of a cure.