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Cancer is always a serious problem, and even though the survival rate for those who contract oral cancer is very high, it’s still not a problem that should be taken lightly.

If you’re not vigilant in keeping track of your health, you could miss the early signs of oral cancer. While Dr. Teresa Eplett is always looking for signs during your regular cleanings, there are still things you should look for on your own. Let’s look at a few of those.

Sores, swellings, lumps, or thick patches

If you notice any sores, swellings, lumps or thick patches of tissue anywhere if your mouth – including the lips, tongue, throat, pharynx, larynx, and sinuses – then you need immediate attention.

However, sometimes these symptoms can be the result of a cold or sinus infection. It’s best to visit a doctor if any of the issues persist for longer than 2 weeks.

Ear pain

Believe it nor, but ear pain can be a symptom of oral cancer. If you have any sort of persistent ear pain that isn’t accompanied by hearing loss, or doesn’t go away in the time an ear infection would normally disappear, please see a professional right away.

Loose teeth

If you have loose teeth that begin to feel as though they’ll fall out, but you’re diligent with your oral health routine, then you need to visit a doctor. This is a surefire sign of a serious problem.

If you want an oral cancer screening, or fear you may have early symptoms, call us today at 541-772-8280 to schedule an appointment.