Oral Cancer in Yorktown Heights - Dr. David Lerner

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Cancer is always a scary word -but it doesn’t have to be the last word. Equipped with good information and the best doctors, you can feel empowered to navigate whatever stands before you or your loved one. Oral cancer is common, affecting approximately 50,000 Americans every year. If you have more questions about oral cancer, read more below from the Center for Holistic Dentistry in Yorktown Heights.

Signs of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is most common among people ages 41-60, and men are at a greater risk of developing it than women. Oral cancer can affect your tongue, cheeks, lips, sinuses, throat, teeth, gums, and roof of the mouth or below your tongue. Unfortunately, it is often detected later than many other types of cancer. This is one reason why it’s so important to know your body and what’s normal (or not) for you. The earlier you can detect any sign of changes in your mouth, the better.  Regular visits to the dentist include regular screenings for abnormalities that may be signs of oral cancer. These signs may include:

  • Sore throat that doesn’t heal
  • Unexplained bleeding or numbness in your mouth
  • Dentures suddenly don’t fit the same
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Lump in your throat
  • Thick lining in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Red or white sores in your mouth
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain or stiffness when chewing

Some of these symptoms may be confused with gum disease or cold sores, so it’s important you see your doctor or dentist to get the right diagnosis.

Causes of Oral Cancer

Both genetics and lifestyle habits can put you at increased risk for oral cancer. Know your risk factors and talk with your dentist about your family and medical history. Oral cancer can be caused by:

  • Using tobacco
  • Abusing alcohol
  • Existing condition of HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Family history of cancer
  • Excessive sun exposure (especially at a young age)

You might be surprised to hear that more than 25% of all oral cancer cases occur among people who never smoked and only had alcohol occasionally.

Treating Oral Cancer

Only a medical professional can diagnose you with oral cancer, and doctors are essential to helping you fight it. If you have any cause for concern, contact Dr. Lerner at the Center for Holistic Dentistry immediately. He will look at your mouth and remove some cells to determine if they are cancerous. Cancerous cells grow uncontrollably and harm your body. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are essential for survival and recovery. Your medical doctor and dentist can work together to give you the best cancer treatment possible.

Cancer treatments may include chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Other alternative treatments exist and are worth discussing with a specialist. The good news is that one-year survival rate of oral cancer is 81% – though you are at an increased risk of it recurring later.

Because your body is a complex group of interconnected parts and systems, your oral health can greatly help or hurt your overall health. Start taking better care of yourself and make an appointment with us today!






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"I can’t thank Dr. Lerner and his staff enough, notably his assistant Nicole for expertly handling my mercury filling removals.I had it done in 2 phases and they took very good care of me on both occasions. The whole office is very pleasant, so professional and I look forward to my visits. On this most recent cleaning appointment, Linda did my cleaning. She was gentle and thorough. Highly recommend."

- Vanessa R.

"Excellent experience during my initial consultation. The most complete examination I have ever had by a dentist, including full body muscle testing. This testing uncovered major alignment issues with my jaw which has been causing a lifetime of misalignment throughout the rest of my body. Dr. Lerner and his staff are outside the box thinkers and I am very happy I have found them."

- Greg R.

"Very professional and compassionate. Love the use of Nucalm, eye mask, calming music, and making removing my mercury fillings a pleasant experience. Well as pleasant as can be. Thank you!!!"

- Jodi B.

"Been seeing Dr Lerner since I was about 11 years old, I’m now 31! I continue to see Jane for cleanings and just did the zoom whitening treatment with them in preparation of my wedding- highly recommend!"

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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of The Center For Holistic Dentistry. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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What To Expect On Your First Visit

Our mission is to encourage full-body wellness through oral health while allowing you to feel heard and understand all your options. During your new patient exam, Dr. Lerner will spend time reviewing your health history, concerns, and goals. Your comprehensive exam will address items you may not have considered such as airway screening and dental materials sensitivity testing. We look forward to meeting you!

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Evaluation Of Teeth, Bite, Gums & Airway Passage

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