Oral Cancer, Rancho Cucamonga CA
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“I recently noticed a white patch in my mouth that won’t seem to go away. Is this a problem?”
Your dentist should immediately examine any mouth sore that persists for more than a week.
Leukoplakia is a thick, whitish-color patch that can form on the cheeks, gums or tongue. It is caused by excess cell growth and is common among tobacco users although it can also be caused from irritations such as ill-fitting dentures or a habit of chewing on one’s cheek. The danger of leukoplakia is that it can progress to cancer. Your dentist will most likely take a biopsy if the leukoplakia appears to be threatening.
How can I help prevent oral cancer?
Eliminate risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol and schedule regular visits to your dentist. Periodic dental exams allow early detection and treatment should cancer develop. If you become aware of any of these signs and symptoms in your mouth, contact Rancho Dentistry:
- Persistent sore or irritation that will not heal
- Color changes such as red and/or white lesions in the mouth
- Pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
- Having difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
- A Change in your bite
TMD (Temporomandibular disorders)
More than fifteen percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain. Common symptoms include tenderness of the jaw, clicking or popping, pain in or around the ear, noises when opening the mouth, or even headaches and neck aches.
Rancho Dentistry can help identify the source of the pain with a thorough examination. Many times, it’s a sinus, toothache or an early stage of periodontal disease. However, for some pains, the cause is not so easily diagnosed. It could be connected to the facial muscles, the jaw or temporomandibular joint that is located in the front of the ear. Treatments for this pain can consist of muscle relaxants, exercises, or a mouth protector preventing teeth grinding. These treatments have been successful for many patients and Dr. Goymerac can recommend the best for you.