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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. Statistically, males are nearly twice as likely to develop oral cancer compared to females. Even though the average age of detection is 62 years of age, increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, increase your chances of developing oral cancer earlier.

Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment. Here at Wildwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we advise you to be wary of the early symptoms of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer often include a persistent pain in your mouth, which is often connected with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Red or white areas on your gums, tongue and tonsils should also not be taken lightly. People who develop pharyngeal cancer often experience a persistent sore throat or a feeling that something is stuck at the back of the throat.

Every dental checkup Dr. Michael O'Neill performs concludes with a basic oral cancer screening. During the screening, your dentist will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Let your dentist know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Toledo, Ohio, or if you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call Wildwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 419.605.9818 to schedule an appointment.