Dental Associates of Delaware – Oral Cancer Awareness Month
At Dental Associates of Delaware our number one priority is ensuring that our patient’s have healthy oral habits and a healthy smile. This is why recognizing oral cancer awareness month is so important to our Doctors and staff at our Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, and Millsboro, DE offices. Although you may not know it, your dentists are always looking for signals of further health issues throughout your oral exams. If you have not visited a dentist within the past year, we highly recommend that you book an appointment with Dental Associates of Delaware at one of our six conveniently located offices.
What Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month?
Oral Cancer Awareness Month is a month where dentists, orthodontists and doctors work together to raise awareness on oral cancer. This April, Dental Associates of Delaware joins the oral cancer foundation in spreading knowledge on oral cancer and the importance of oral cancer screenings.
Down To The Facts
Approximately 48,250 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone. While many patients may think that they are safe if they do not smoke tobacco, the fact is that the fastest growing segment of oral cancer is amongst young, healthy and nonsmoking individuals. This is why it is so very important that patients make an effort to get an annual oral screening to check for any signs of oral cancer.
What Can You Do?
We encourage our patients to spread the word on the importance of not only visiting your local dentist, but also requesting an oral cancer screening. During your visit with Dental Associates of Delaware our Doctors will screen for precancerous changes in the oral tissues that can help detect cancer at a stage where it can be more successfully treated.
We encourage you to contact our Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, or Millsboro, DE office if you see any signs of the following:
- A persistent sore, blister, ulcer or irritation that does not heal
- Unusual oral bleeding
- Color changes such as the development of white and or red patches inside the mouth or lips
- Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
- Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
- Hoarseness or a change in the voice
- Change in bite, including sudden loose teeth without apparent cause
Contact Your Local Dentists Today
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or simply wish to book an appointment with us please contact our Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, or Millsboro, DE office. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have or help you schedule an appointment. We hope to see you for your oral cancer screening soon!