No one wants to think about cancer. But did you know that oral cancer affects nearly 50,000 Americans every year? It’s something we need to be aware of and know how to identify in its early stages. Though I carefully examine your oral cavity at every 6 month appointment, it is necessary that you do the same at home. My good friend and colleague, Dr. Kitrina Cordell, oral and maxillofacial pathologist and chair of the department of Diagnostic Sciences at LSU Dental School, has compiled a wonderful tool for Oral Cancer Self Screening. Please check out this link and learn some of the common signs, causes, and risk factors of oral cancer and when to contact your dentist.
Also, follow her on Instagram to see some pretty interesting oral conditions!