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How to Do a Self-Check for Oral Cancer
Posted on 4/15/2020 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
One of the most serious oral health issues of all is that of any type of oral cancer. Just as with every other villainous form of this disease, early detection is one of the most crucial and beneficial aspects of battling it successfully. In addition to having regular examinations from our dental experts, it is also important to perform your own self-checks to make sure that there is nothing that warrants coming in for immediate attention. Here are the best ways to keep an eye on things for yourself:
The first step is to give a thorough, all-around look into the inside of your mouth. This consists of looking over every inch of the tongue. The top, both sides, and underneath all need to be looked at up close for any bumps, significant swelling, discoloration, or odd spots. Next, stick your forefingers inside your mouth and stretch your cheeks out and get a good look all around there as well, looking for the same things. Repeat the process with the back of the throat, the roof of the mouth, and the gums.
This process is more about feeling around for the things that you cannot see, mainly growths, swelling, and lumps under the skin and around the jaw, neck, and the lower face area. Simply take your hands and gently touch around those areas feeling for swollen lymph nodes or other causes for concern.
So if it is time for you to come in for your regular screening anyway, or if you have noticed anything on your own, including difficulty swallowing and other discomfort or issues, then do not hesitate a second longer to contact our offices to get a visit scheduled. We will get you in as quickly as possible.