Sign of deadly cancer you can spot in your mouth five other ‘silent’ symptoms
April 12, 2023 12:07 PM
PEOPLE have been urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of mouth cancer.
One sign of the disease is loose teeth which can occur for several reasons - namely as a result of trauma to the mouth.
However, when you have loose teeth with no apparent cause, this can be a sign of mouth cancer, the NHS website states.
This form of cancer - also known as oral cancer - occurs when a tumour begins to develop in the mouth.
The growth may appear on the surface of the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, the roof of the mouth, lips or gums.
Other symptoms include mouth ulcers which are painful and do not heal; white or red patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue and changes in speech, such as a lisp.
Cases of mouth cancer in the UK reached a record high last year, according to the State of Mouth Cancer UK Report 2022.
The findings - collected by the Oral Health Foundation - revealed that 8,864 people in the UK were diagnosed with the disease in 2022.
The figure constitutes a shocking 103 percent rise of mouth cases within the last generation.
Only your dentist can determine if your loose teeth are related to some other cause, or if you should see a doctor for further diagnosis.