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What are some signs of oral cancer?

Signs and symptoms that could indicate oral cancer include:

Any sign of irritation, like tenderness, burning or a sore that will not heal

Pain, tenderness or numbness anywhere in the mouth or lips

Development of a lump, or a leathery, wrinkled or bumpy patch inside your mouth

Color changes to your oral soft tissues (gray, red or white spots or patches), rather than a healthy pink color

Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue

Any change in the way your teeth fit together

See your dentist or physician immediately if you notice any of these changes.

Resource to Help you Quit Tobacco

The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line – Toll Free 1-877 270-STOP
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“Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA's School of Dentistry. “The adage ‘long in the tooth,’ used to describe older persons, reflects the fact that gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth to appear longer as a result."
Keeping a youthful mouth comes down to two simple, proven, and practical steps:

Brush and floss daily
See your dentist every six months
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Bonding is the process where our dentists cover over a tooth's surface with a tooth-colored composite. This is done to change the shape of a tooth, or to repair a damaged or stained tooth.
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A professional teeth cleaning is a procedure in which your dentist uses a variety of tools to help deep clean your gums and the surface of your teeth.
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The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist at least once a year to get a routine examination and cleaning. If you have a history of gum disease, you should get your teeth cleaned more often in order to prevent the recurrence of infections or disease.
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