Oral cancer encompasses malignancies of the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth, cheeks, throat (pharynx), sinuses and the hard and soft palate. Early detection is crucial, as oral cancer is often more treatable in its initial stages. Unfortunately, many cases are not identified until they have advanced, making treatment more challenging and, in some cases, life-threatening.

Here at State Street Dental, we prioritize early detection and prevention. During your routine dental cleanings and exams, our skilled dentist and team will conduct an oral cancer screening. This screening is a simple yet vital step to identify any signs of oral cancer early, improving the chances of successful treatment.

Recognizing the symptoms of oral cancer can save lives. Here are some common signs to watch for:

  • A persistent sore throat or a sensation of something being caught at the back of your throat.
  • Unexplained bleeding in your mouth.
  • A sore on the face, neck or mouth that does not heal within two weeks and may bleed easily.
  • Unexplained numbness, pain or loss of feeling in the face, neck or mouth.
  • Ear pain.
  • Lumps, bumps or rough spots on the gums, lips or other areas of the mouth.
  • Red, white or speckled red-and-white patches in the mouth.
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking or swallowing.
  • A change in the fit of your teeth or dentures.

Our team is trained to look for these and other symptoms during your visits. However, we also encourage you to be proactive about your oral health. If you notice any of these signs or experience any other unusual symptoms, please contact us immediately. Your health and wellbeing are our top priorities, and we are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to help you maintain a healthy mouth and body.

Remember, regular screenings and early intervention can make all the difference. We are here to support you in staying healthy and catching any potential issues early on. If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, or to schedule an oral cancer screening in Boise, Idaho, please call our office at 208-939-1700. Our team will be happy to provide you with more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis.