April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and promote education about the importance of oral cancer prevention and early detection. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, we are committed to helping our patients maintain optimal oral health and preventing diseases like oral cancer. Here are some important facts and tips to help you protect your oral health and stay informed during Oral Cancer Awareness Month. 


Understanding Oral Cancer 


Oral cancer is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease that affects millions of Americans each year. The condition can affect any part of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums. Common symptoms of oral cancer include persistent mouth sores, lumps, or lesions, difficulty swallowing or speaking, chronic hoarseness, and changes in the appearance of the mouth or throat. 


Oral Cancer Prevention and Early Detection 


While oral cancer can be a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, the good news is that it can often be prevented and successfully treated when caught early. The best way to prevent oral cancer is by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, such as avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy diet, and protecting your lips and mouth from excessive sun exposure. 


It is also important to schedule regular dental check-ups and oral cancer screenings with your oral surgeon or dentist. During these screenings, your provider will examine your mouth and throat for any signs of oral cancer or precancerous conditions, such as leukoplakia or erythroplakia. If any abnormalities are detected, your provider may recommend further testing or a biopsy to determine the extent of the condition and the appropriate course of treatment. 


Treatment Options for Oral Cancer 


If you are diagnosed with oral cancer, your oral surgeon will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based on the type and stage of your cancer. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these therapies. Your provider will discuss the potential benefits and risks of each treatment option and help you make an informed decision about your care. 


How We Can Help 


At Summit Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we are committed to helping our patients protect their oral health and prevent diseases like oral cancer. Our team of experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons provides comprehensive oral cancer screenings and personalized treatment plans designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Whether you are looking to schedule a routine check-up or are concerned about a potential oral health issue, we are here to help. 


Take Control of Your Oral Health Today 


Oral Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to take control of your oral health and learn more about the importance of prevention and early detection. If you are due for a routine dental check-up or are concerned about a potential oral health issue, don’t wait – contact Summit Oral Surgery & Implant Center today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.