Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.
It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, check lining, tongue and the hard or soft palate.
Other Signs Include:
A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
A color change of the oral tissues
A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or on the lips
Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the jaw or tongue
A change in the way the teeth fit together
Regular Dental Check-ups Important
Regular dental check-ups at Walnut Creek Dentist office of Dr. Mary Zarekari includes an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.
Request an appointment or call our office at 925-939-9177 to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.