The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you check your own mouth on a regular basis. This simple task could help detect gum problems and oral cancer. People who smoke, chew tobacco or drink alcohol should adopt this habit of self-oral-screening. It’s easy to do. All you need is a mirror and bright light. Now, open wide and lets get started.
Signs of Gum Disease:
-Sore, tender or sensitive gums
– Shiny, red and puffy gums
-Bleeding gums when brushing and/or flossing
-Bad breath that doesn’t go away
Possible Signs of Cancer:
-Open sores or bleeding sores that don’t heal in 7 to 10 days
– White or red patches
– Tingling or numbness
– Small lumps and/or thickening on the sides of the tongue, bottom of the tongue, inside of cheeks, inside or on lips, gum tissue, floor of the mouth or roof of the mouth
If you have any of these signs and symptoms, contact your Dentist for an exam. Being proactive is one of the best preventions.