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Your six-month checkup at the dentist includes an oral cancer screening. That is one of the many reasons why it’s important to keep up with your dental appointments. Oral cancer is not something to gamble with. If it is left ignored or untreated, it can become fatal. That is why our team here at Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry in Farmington, New Mexico, wants to talk to you about oral cancer.

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 comprehend 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.

Usual signs and 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 might be experiencing any symptoms, please be sure to contact your dentist, Dr. Denver Palmer right away, so can get the proper screening.

Frankly, smoking, drinking and any other form of tobacco use will also increase your risk of oral cancer dramatically. That is why it is simply best to avoid tobacco at all costs. If you still have many questions or would like a dental checkup so you can have your oral cancer screening, call us today at (505) 327.0044 to set up an appointment. Our expert staff is always happy to help you and your smile stay healthy for years to come.