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The Most Important Fact About Oral Cancer Marietta, GA

The Most Important Fact About Oral Cancer

Marietta GA Dentist

If there’s one fact you learn about oral cancer, let it be that this type of cancer is highly treatable if it is caught early. If not detected early, oral cancer can be deadly. So how do we detect oral cancer early? Visit your dentist on a regular basis and know the warning signs.

During your routine dental exam at Gilreath Family Dentistry, we will perform a painless oral cancer screening. Attending these appointments every six months is undoubtedly the easiest and most effective way to catch oral cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. In between these visits, however, you should know what to watch out for at home.

Remember that oral cancer can affect many parts of your mouth, including your gums, cheeks, tongue and lips. Signs and symptoms can involve the following:

  • Mouth sores which are persistent and bleed easily, or sores appearing on the face or neck that don’t seem to heal
  • Any unexplained numbness, pain, or tenderness in your face, mouth, or neck
  • Velvety patches in the mouth or on the lip that are white, red, or speckled
  • Unexplained bleeding in your mouth not linked to gingivitis
  • Lumps or swelling in your neck/throat
  • Difficulty swallowing, struggling to moving your jaw or tongue
  • Ear pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Sudden mobility of a tooth without explanation
  • Prolonged hoarseness, chronic sore throat or change in voice

Many of these symptoms can be easily mistaken for something harmless, like a common cold or fever blister. If you find that your mouth sore isn’t healing after 10-14 days, it is time to see a dentist for an oral cancer screening.

Know Your Risk

Beyond knowing the symptoms of oral cancer, it is equally important to know its risk factors. There are some common lifestyle habits that dramatically increase your risk for mouth cancer. Adjusting your lifestyle and being aware of the following risk factors can aid in oral cancer prevention:

  • Tobacco Use
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption
  • HPV (human papilloma virus)

What steps can you make today to be mindful of oral cancer? Is it scheduling your routine dental visit and oral cancer screening? Is it taking the time to perform a self-exam of your gums, lips, tongue and cheek to look for changes or lesions? Or is it kicking your smoking habit or limiting your alcohol use? At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome the opportunity to educate our patients about oral cancer, including its symptoms, risk factors and dangers.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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