Everytime we visit the dentist, he or she reminds us how important it is to brush your gums.  And in addition to brushing, flossing is another very important task in maintaining our periodontal health.  Watching out for any warning signs or red flags is vital as well, which can present themselves as irritated, uncomfortable, sensitive or even bleeding gums.  Even with excellent dental hygiene habits, gum disease is still prevalent in a large percentage of patients.  This is especially frightening, because recent studies show that there may be a link between gum disease and different forms of oral cancer.

Pay close attention to any oral changes

Similar to any other disease, oral cancer is best treated when it is caught and diagnosed in the early stages.  If you experience any pain, discomfort, or find any suspicious lesions within the mouth, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist right away.  It is likely that these lesions are simple mouth sores, but ruling out anything further (commonly via simple biopsy) is your best bet.

Do your gums bleed when you brush?

Bleeding gums are very common in both children and adults.  This could simply be caused by improper brushing and flossing technique, or this could be a major warning sign.  If you or your child experience any bleeding, contact your dentist for an appointment.  It is important to identify whether it is poor technique or a symptom of oral pathology.

When bacteria builds up in the mouth, this causes acids from the bacteria to develop lesions.  In some cases, sarcoma diagnosis aris caught based on these growths.  When necessary, the saliva is even tested in a medical laboratory to find any early signs of cancer development.

Modern dental technology has allowed dentists to diagnose and treat these cancers very early, before they become harmful or malignant to your body.