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Do You Know The Signs of Oral Cancer?, Marietta

Do You Know The Signs of Oral Cancer?

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Knowing the signs of bad issues is the best way to prevent them from occurring. For instance, running out of gas while driving on the road is a bad issue, but your vehicle’s gas gauge is there to warn you when your gas is getting low. The same can be said of the scale you keep in your bathroom. You know the number that you should stay under, and as the numbers creep up that is your warning that you have eaten a few too many desserts. Your mouth also has warning signs of its own to alert you when things are not as they should be with your oral health. Knowing these signs is vital to protecting your health and saving your life.

One of the best arguments your dentist could ever make for why it is important to keep regular dental visits a priority is the fact that your dentist can spot signs of concern months, even a year, before signs will ever become apparent to you. Your dentist has the ability to look deeper, wider, and more closely at your mouth than you could ever hope to do in front of a mirror. Dentists understand the signs of oral cancer, some of which are much less obvious than others.

Do you know which of these are common signs of oral cancer?

  • Thickening of the cheek tissue
  • A lump, bump, or growth inside the mouth
  • Persistent sore throat
  • A change in your voice
  • Chronic hoarseness
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Ill-fitting dentures or natural teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Ear pain
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Numbness of the lips, tongue, or other oral tissues
  • Persistent, unexplained pain in the mouth or facial region
  • A persistent sore inside the mouth that will not go away

While many of those signs listed above may seem obvious as signs of oral cancer, do ear pain, weight loss, bad breath, or a persistent sore throat surprise you? Many people die every year because they overlook these exact symptoms.

It is important to bring any changes to your oral health to your dentist’s attention. Call the Dental Care Center at Kennestone with any of your concerns.

Posted on behalf of Dental Care Center at Kennestone


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  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

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