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cbcbAccording to the American Dental Association, “Only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than 5 years.”  And it strikes about 35,000 Americans per year!

Contrary to popular belief, oral cancer can occur without any known risk factors, such as tobacco or alcohol use or excessive sun exposure.

While the majority of cases occur after the age of 50, over the past decade there has been a sharp increase in the number of oral cancer patients under the age of 30 – again, with no identifiable risk factors.

That’s why we urge you and your family to schedule routine dental exams with us twice a year.ocs

Oral cancer can affect your lips, gum tissue, inside cheek lining, salivary glands, tongue and hard or soft palate.

In its earliest stages, oral cancer can appear as tiny white or red spots.  Advanced symptoms may be swelling, a sore that…

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