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If you have noticed changes in your mouth, you should see your dentist as soon as possible and ask about an oral cancer screening. In the United States alone, over 40,000 people each year are diagnosed with the disease.

To learn more about oral cancer detection, please read the following:

– If you have any colored patches, rough spots, irregular bumps and lumps, or unexplained swelling, schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening.

– If it feels like you have a lump in your throat that will not go away, or if you are frequently suffering from sore throats, you should contact our office.

– You should make an appointment to see the dentist if you are having problems speaking, eating, or chewing, or have numbness in your mouth or face.

– Other warning sign include unusual or unexplained bleeding in your mouth head, face, or neck areas.

– Let us know if you have trouble opening your mouth.

– If you have a wound or sore in your mouth that has not healed in over two weeks, visit your dentist for an oral cancer screening.

These symptoms are often the first sign that oral cancer may be present. Even if the symptoms are not related to cancer, they still need to be addressed.  If you would like to schedule an oral cancer screening at South Coast Family Dentistry, call our office in Coos Bay, Oregon, at our number 541-269-5353. Our doctors, Ryan R. Bailey & Keith Huff, and the entire team are eager to help.