Cancer Awareness MonthApril is Oral Health Awareness Month and a reminder that a visit to your dentist is a great choice in taking care of your oral health.  Signs symptoms of mouth cancer identified in the early stages will allow professionals in the field an opportunity to treat you accordingly.

proper brushing and flossing techniques.1Dental care is a lifelong commitment and your dentist is the best authority to advise you on proper dental care at home in addition to regular check-ups at the office. Regular examinations with your dentist will identify any problems happening in your toothbrushesmouth and deal with it before it turns into a serious problem.


The Canadian Dental Association states:

”The reality is that oral health problems could be a sign of something serious such as oral cancer. Every year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. This devastating disease has a low survival rate because it is often diagnosed very late. With early detection the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved. This means going to your dentist for regular dental exams. Your dentist has the training and experience to detect oral cancer early.”

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned below your dentist/doctor should be consulted immediately.

This following article is credited to the Mayo Clinic Staff

“Symptoms and Causes

lip cancerSigns and symptoms of mouth cancer may include:

A sore that doesn’t heal

mouth cancer white patchesA lump or thickening of the skin or lining of your mouth

A white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth

Loose teeth

Poorly fitting dentures

Tongue pain

Jaw pain or stiffness

mouth cancer red soarDifficult or painful chewing

Difficult or painful swallowing

Sore throat

When to see a doctor


Make an appointment with your doctor or dentist if you have any persistent signs and symptoms that bother you and last more than two weeks. Your doctor will likely investigate other more common causes for your signs and symptoms first, such as an infection.


squamous cancer mutationMouth cancer occurs when cells on your lips or in your mouth develop changes (mutations) in their DNA. These mutations allow cancer cells to grow and divide when healthy cells would die. The accumulating mouth cancer cells can form a tumour. With time they may spread to other areas of the mouth and on to other areas of the head and neck or other parts of the body.

Mouth cancers most commonly begin in the flat, thin cells (squamous cells) that line your lips and the inside of your mouth. Most oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.

It’s not clear what causes the mutations in squamous cells that lead to mouth cancer. But doctors have identified factors that may increase the risk of mouth cancer.

Risk factors

Factors that can increase your risk of mouth cancer include:

smoking tobacco pipesTobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others

Heavy alcohol use

Excessive sun exposure to your lips

A sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus”

proper brushing and flossing techniquesYou can enjoy a life time of good oral dental health as long as you visit your dentist regularly and take care brushing, flossing and caring for your teeth and gums.

Diet and exercise helps in maintaining a healthy body.  The same is true when you maintain a healthy mouth.  If you have an unhealthy mouth it will affect your entire body.



healthy body and mouthResearch has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. Although researchers are just beginning to understand this relationship, evidence shows that oral disease can aggravate other health problems and that keeping a healthy mouth is an important part of leading a healthy life.

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