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Are you aware that you should visit our dentist at least twice a year? Have you ever wondered why getting to our dentist is so important? In reality, visiting our office regularly will give us an opportunity to clean your pearly whites thoroughly and to look for signs of any trouble. For instance, would you be surprised to hear that you may be able to identify signs of oral cancer before your cancer becomes too serious?

Like most cancers, treatments for oral cancer are typically more successful when it is identified in its early stages. This is one of the main reasons we suggest scheduling regular checkups with our dentist. We also suggest calling us if you see any signs of oral cancer on your own, including a sore that doesn’t go away, swelling of your mouth, persistent numbness, trouble opening or closing your mouth, and bleeding that you can’t explain.

Luckily, there are several steps you can take to decrease your chances of getting oral cancer. For instance, you may already understand that smoking can increase your odds of getting oral cancer. Similarly, did you know that consuming alcoholic beverages might make you more vulnerable to oral cancer? Following a healthy and balanced diet can also help you prevent oral cancer.

If you’d like to hear more about the care you could receive from us or have more questions about oral cancer in Cedar City, Utah, please feel free to contact Gentle Family Dentistry & Orthodontics by calling 435-586-9991. Our dentist, Dr. Sage White, and our team will gladly inspect your pearly whites and address any concerns you have. We’re excited to hear from you.