Bonita Grande Dental
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Welcome to Bonita Grande Dental

We provide patient-focused dentistry, which is about more than just high-quality care and effective treatments. Those are two very important parts of what we do, but what sets us apart from other practices is our commitment to your complete comfort and concern for your well-being. From the moment you first enter our Bonita Springs office, you’ll know that you’re not in an ordinary dental practice. First impressions are important, and every detail of our office reflects our desire to make your visits with us pleasant and free of stress. With amenities like complimentary beverages in our reception area and flat screen TVs in our treatment rooms, we know you’ll have one of the most relaxing dental visits you’ve ever experienced.

Let’s Avoid Oral Cancer – What You Should Know

February 22, 2022
Posted By: Bonita Grande Dental

In the healthcare community, the c-word means only one thing: cancer. For those living in the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, which many people know. However, most people don’t know that oral cancer is the most common form found in a person’s head or neck. So while brain cancer sounds frightening, you’re more likely to develop cancer in your mouth or gum tissues.

This is why your oral cancer screenings with your dentist in Bonita Springs, FL, are so important. The National Cancer Institute agrees: the true key to treating cancer is early detection. Here are some other things you should know about the various forms of oral cancer.

Gum Cancer Early Signs

Your gums are vital to your oral health because they anchor and nourish your teeth. So while Dr. Michael Gostigian will be able to detect the early indications of gum cancer, you can watch for the following signs between visits:

  • White patches and sores that don’t readily heal
  • Rough spots or crusty discharge on your gums
  • Numbness, pain, or tenderness in your gums
  • Earache or facial pain without external injury
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Lesions that are red, dark, white, or patchy

Symptoms of Oral Cancer in your Tongue

If your tongue is the site where cancerous cells may be forming, some of the signs are clear. The first thing you should look for is lumps, bumps, or anything that feels different in or on your tongue. Next, keep an eye out for white patches or other sores that won’t disappear. Finally, keep in mind that it’s common for a person to bite their tongue, which may leave a sore. However, that should heal in a week or so.

Risks That Increase Your Chances of Oral Cancer

What’s amazing about oral cancer is that your behaviors significantly impact its likelihood. For example, three out of every four people with oral cancer participate in at least one of the following:

  • Tobacco use, both smoking and chewing products
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Exposure to sunlight without the use of sunscreen

A family history of cancer can also contribute beyond those factors you can control.

Oral Cancer Screening with Your Dentist in Bonita Springs, FL

Cancer is a severe risk to longevity in people, and oral cancer is an especially detectible and avoidable type, especially for those who keep regular dental visits. If you have any concerns about your oral health, we encourage you to give us a call today.

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