What is the first thing that comes to our minds when we think about tobacco use?
But other than Lung cancer, tobacco affects the oral structures to a great extent.
Tobacco is available in various forms. Irrespective of the form that tobacco is used for, it only has negative effects on our body.
Oral cancer is seen to affect tongue, cheeks, throat.
Early signs of oral cancer include :
-Red or white patches
-Nodules on tongue/cheek
-Burning sensation in mouth
-Changes in colour of areas of mouth
-Inability to swallow
Oral cancer does show precancerous symptoms which helps in progression of the condition.
But this is possible only if detected at the earlier stage. A dentist is qualified to note any changes in the oral cavity related to oral cancer.
Everyone who is using tobacco habitually must make it a point to visit the dentist for oral cancer screening. Own screening is also possible and should be done every month on your own.
Don’t let your fear stand in the way of early detection and treatment.