At Family Friendly Dentistry, we are passionate about the state of your oral health. This is one of the reasons we stress routine hygiene examinations for your entire family. During these appointments, we not only clean your teeth, but we also inspect for other conditions and diseases that can affect not only your oral health but your overall health as well. One condition in particular we inspect for is oral cancer. While not among the most common cancers diagnosed, it still affects more than 50,000 Americans each year and can cause great disruption to your daily life.
Oral or mouth cancer occurs when a tumor develops in areas of the mouth like on the surface of the tongue, the palate, the lips, the gums, or inside of the cheeks. Although less common, tumors can also develop on the tonsils, the pharynx, or the glands that produce saliva.