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Oral tumors are a condition that when left untreated, can lead to mouth cancer. There are three types of tumors – benign, pre-cancerous, and malignant. What you may not be aware of is that you can develop all three types in your mouth.
A tumor is any kind of swelling or mass that grows in the body and is often associated with cancer. You must understand though that not all tumors are cancerous. However, it is always best to have the appearance of tumors diagnosed right away to determine its type and address it correspondingly. Early detection can help prevent the development and spread of cancer cells.
Here are some symptoms of tumors that can occur in your mouth:
• any form of swelling, lump, or inflammation in your mouth area can signal you of the presence and growth of tumor;
• sore that is difficult to heal;
• bleeding gums;
• hard time swallowing whether it is food or drinks;
• pain that accompanies difficulty in swallowing, chewing, or other activities and functions of the mouth, ear pain can also alert you of tumors;
Causes of oral tumors can be varied and underlying. The risk factors are smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages, gum or mouth disorders such as abscess, drugs and substances, as well as any history of cancer in the family.
It is important to get an accurate diagnosis of your tumor to identify the cause including any hidden causes such as other medical condition. The diagnosis will help identify the right treatment to get rid of the tumor in your mouth.
Prevention is the best treatment for tumors. Here are some of the things you can do on your own to prevent the formation of tumors in your mouth:
• Do a regular self-check of your mouth, or at least examining your mouth thoroughly once a month. Inspect your lips and feel if there is any lump or swelling or any unusual thing you see. Do the same to your gums, tongue, corners of your mouth, cheek linings, back of your throat. If there are any changes, pay your dentist a visit.
• Refrain from smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages as these are the main triggers of tumors. Instead, consume more water, fruits, and vegetables to activate the body's natural ability to defend itself against health conditions like tumors.
It is always prudent to see your oral health care practitioner on a regular basis even if you are performing your self-check. Your dentist can spot any changes that may be difficult for you to recognize on your own. Early detection and prevention of oral tumors can save you from contracting the deadly disease of cancer.