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Never delay on getting an oral cancer screening. Successful recovery may depend on getting treated in time before the disease advances to later stages. Not all oral cancers are the same, and symptoms can vary greatly from patient to patient, with some individuals experiencing no unusual symptoms at all. However, there are a few things that may occur, and if they do, schedule an oral cancer screening as soon as you can.

If you have unusual bleeding within your mouth that continues to occur and fails to heal properly, oral cancer may be to blame. Always check for signs of unusual bumps, lumps, wounds, sores, and other visual abnormalities that you may have within your mouth. Also check for signs of discoloration, often in the form of red, white, or speckled patches.

Another common symptom of oral cancer is a persistent sore throat that refuses to go away or continues to return. Sometimes this can include a strange feeling or lump in the back of your throat that won’t go away, as well as numbness or loss of pain in your head and face. Some patients have also had difficulty with swallowing, eating, and speaking as a result of oral cancer.

Dr. Groover and our team at Groover Family Dentistry is here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Savannah, GA, please contact us at 912-354-9541 to speak with a member of our team. Our wonderful staff is here to help you get the smile you desire!