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Oral cancer can be detected early with regular screening. | Annapolis, MD

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This month is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

Annapolis area family dentist Dr. John Cutting performs an oral cancer screening for his patients during routine preventive care visits to Edgewater Dental Arts. Oral cancer is on the rise globally, causing over 8,000 deaths per year in the U.S. Preventive care with Annapolis dentist Dr. Cutting is not only important for maintaining lifelong oral health, but gives Dr. Cutting and his staff the opportunity to spot possible health issues, such as the signs of oral cancer in their early stages, when treatment is most likely to be effective.

Tobacco use and smoking have long been the major causes of oral cancer, but the rise of the HPV virus, another known cause of oral cancer, has led to a rise in the the number of oral cancer patients. When caught early, most patients can be successfully treated for this disease. However, many cases are diagnosed in the later stages due to both a lack of screening and the fact that symptoms can go unnoticed until the cancer has progressed significantly. In these cases, less than 50% of patients will survive more than 5 years after diagnosis.

Annapolis area dentist Dr. Cutting is among many dentists nationwide who seek to reduce the number of oral cancer cases through screening during preventive dental care visits. Dr. Cutting uses digital technology at Edgewater Dental Arts to aid in the detection and monitoring of the signs of possible health issues.

Symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in the throat or neck
  • Persistent earache- often in both ears
  • Numbness in or around the mouth
  • Lesion or sore that does not go away

Routine dental visits can support both oral health and overall physical health and well-being!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.