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Oral cancer refers to any cancer that develops in your mouth, as a result of either poor oral health, genetics, or outside sources (like smoking or chewing tobacco).

Oral cancer can affect areas such as:

• Lips
• Gums
• Tongue
• Cheeks
• Roof/Floor of the mouth

Some people are genetically predisposed to contracting oral cancer, just as some are more likely to get periodontitis. If you have a family history of oral cancer, you need to be on the watch for these following symptoms:

• Sores that don’t heal
• Lumps or thickening of the skin in the lining of your mouth
• White or reddish patches on the inside of your mouth
• Loose teeth
• Poorly fitting dentures
• Tongue pain
• Jaw pain or stiffness
• Difficult or painful chewing/swallowing
• Persistent sore throat

Those are just some of the symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic, you may experience if you contract oral cancer. It’s worth bearing in mind that symptoms of oral cancer may also indicate periodontitis – a much less severe problem than cancer. If you’re in doubt as to whether or not your symptoms are indicative of cancer or gum disease, you need to make an appointment with Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite today for a consultation. [Heshe] can be reached at 770-536-8868.