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It is vital to catch oral cancer early. That is why every dental checkup includes a cancer screening to help avoid that problem or find it early. Here at Pinecrest Dental in Murray, Utah, our team is dedicated to your health, and are happy to provide you with this basic information about oral cancer and the threat it poses on your smile.

Oral cancer is a serious threat and can appear on your lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, and even the throat. What many people may not grasp is your six-month checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening, so you can get checked regularly and catch it early if it should appear.

Warning signs of oral cancer can include soreness, redness and irritation, red or white patches, pain, lumps in your mouth, difficulty chewing, and the way your teeth are aligned. If you feel you are experiencing any signs, please be sure to contact your dentist, Dr. Tyler Williams, right away, so you can get the proper screening.

In a nutshell, smoking, drinking alcohol and any other form of tobacco use will also increase your risk of oral cancer dramatically. That is why it is always best to stay away from tobacco at all costs. If you still have wonder about your oral health or would like a dental checkup so you can have your oral cancer screening, call us today at (801) 503.0035 to set up an appointment. Our talented staff is always happy to help you and your smile stay healthy for years to come.