It can be difficult to notice signs of oral cancer, especially in the early stages. Symptoms are often painless, which is one reason why it is such a dangerous disease. Cure and survival of oral cancer is much more likely when the cancer is detected early. Because it can be so difficult to do this, it is important to schedule regular oral screenings with a dental professional.

For residents in North Carolina, Dr. John Fish, DDS is an experienced, proven and trusted dental professional in the state. For individuals and families in the greater Hickory, NC area, Dr. Fish’s office is conveniently located in Hildebran, NC.

While signs and symptoms of oral cancer can be difficult to spot, here are some early indicators to pay attention to:

  1. Discoloration of the soft tissue in the mouth, typically red and/or white
  2. A mouth sore which does not heal within two weeks
  3. A hoarse voice which lasts for a long period of time

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it could be early signs of oral cancer and you should get in touch with a dental professional immediately. North Carolina residents experiencing any of these symptoms are encouraged to call the office of Dr. John Fish, DDS in Hildebran, NC at 828-397-5514.