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Cancer is a word no one likes to hear. However, the earlier you can detect it, the better your chances are at overcoming it. That is why our team here at Wassif Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Middle River, Maryland, is happy to talk to you about oral cancer, so you can know the signs and be prepared if it ever appears in your smile.

Oral cancer can appear on your lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, and even the throat. What many people may not realize is your six-month checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening, so you can get checked regularly and catch it early if it should happen.

Symptoms of oral cancer can include soreness, redness and irritation, red or white patches, pain, lumps in your mouth, difficulty chewing, and the way your teeth are aligned. If you feel you are experiencing any symptoms, please be sure to contact your dentist, Dr. Cindy Wassif right away, so can get the proper screening.

Smoking, drinking and any other form of tobacco use will also increase your risk of oral cancer dramatically. That is why it is always best to avoid tobacco at all costs. If you still have questions, or would like a dental checkup so you can have your oral cancer screening, call us today at 410-687-1162 to set up an appointment. Our professional staff is always happy to help you and your smile stay healthy for years to come.