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No one wants cancer, which is why it is important to get regular checkups to spot it early if it should ever occur. Did you know, your dental checkup includes an oral cancer screening? Well, it’s true! To help you understand the importance of oral cancer, our team here at A Brighter Smile Dental Care in Shreveport, Louisiana, is happy to give you this basic information.

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

Indications 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 sense you are experiencing any symptoms, please be sure to contact your dentist, Dr. Michael R. Wiesner right away, so can get the proper screening.

Smoking, drinking and any other arrangement of tobacco use will also increase your risk of oral cancer dramatically. That is why it is always best to avoid tobacco in any way you can. If you still have questions or would like to come in so you can have your oral cancer screening, call us today at (318) 688-9330 to set up an appointment. Our friendly staff is always happy to help you and your smile stay healthy for years to come.