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Have you heard that you should schedule an appointment with your dentist at least once every six months? Have you ever thought about why this is so important? You see, visiting our team will give us an opportunity to clean your pearly whites and to inspect your teeth for signs of any trouble. For example, are you aware that our team might be able to notice oral cancer in its earliest stages?

Like many forms of cancer, treatments for oral cancer tend to be much more effective if the cancer is identified early. This is one reason we suggest setting up regular appointments with us. We also recommend getting in touch with us if you notice signs of oral cancer on your own. You may notice symptoms that include sores that don’t fade, swelling anywhere in your mouth, sporadic numbness, trouble moving your jaw, and bleeding that you can’t explain.

Luckily, there are quite a few things you can try to decrease your odds of getting oral cancer. For example, you might know that smoking tends to increase your chances of having oral cancer. However, are you aware that drinking alcoholic beverages can also make you much more likely to get oral cancer? Following a balanced diet can also help you prevent this problem.

If you would be interested in learning more about the dental care you can receive from our team or have more questions about oral cancer in Staunton, Virginia, please feel free to contact Dr. Alan J. White, D.D.S. by calling 540-886-1979. Our dentist, Dr. Alan J. White, and our team will gladly assess your teeth and address any concerns you have. We’re eager to hear from you!