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Have you heard that you should visit our dentist once every six months? Have you ever wondered why doing so is important? In reality, visiting our team will give us a chance to clean your teeth and to look for signs of potential trouble. For instance, did you know that our team might be able to catch oral cancer in its early stages?

Like most forms of cancer, treatments for oral cancer tend to be more effective when the issue is identified early. This is one reason we recommend scheduling regular appointments. We also recommend calling us if you notice signs of oral cancer on your own, including a sore that doesn’t fade, swelling in your mouth, numbness, trouble moving your jaw, and unexplained bleeding.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to decrease your odds of having oral cancer. For instance, you may know that smoking will increase your odds of having oral cancer. However, did you know that drinking alcoholic drinks can also make you more likely to have oral cancer? Following a healthy diet can also help you avoid this issue.

If you’d like to learn more about the care you can receive from us or have more questions about oral cancer in Sioux City, Iowa, we invite you to contact Wheelock & Bursick Dentistry by calling 712-274-2038. Our dentist, Dr. Douglas Wheelock, and our team will be happy to examine your teeth and to answer any questions you have. We’re excited to meet with you.