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Did you know, an oral cancer screening is included in your dental checkup? Well, it’s true! If you skip multiple trips to the dentist, you could be putting your oral health at risk of gum disease and even cancer. That is why, our team here at The Chicago Family Dental Center in Chicago, Illinois, is happy to talk to you about the importance of oral cancer, so you can address it as soon as possible.

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

Symptoms of oral cancer can include tenderness, redness and irritation, red or white patches, pain, lumps in your mouth, difficulty chewing, and the way your teeth are aligned. If you feel you are dealing with any symptoms, please be sure to contact your dentist, Dr. Gary Wegmann, right away, so you can get the proper screening.

Smoking, drinking and any other system of tobacco use will also increase your risk of oral cancer dramatically. That is why it is always best to steer clear of tobacco at all costs. If you still have concerns or would like a dental checkup so you can have your oral cancer screening, call us today at 312.551.0500 to set up an appointment. Our skilled team is always happy to help you and your smile stay healthy for years to come.