Skip to main content
(803) 547-4466 Schedule An Appointment
Warning Signs of Oral Cancer: Not All as Obvious as You Expect Fort Mill, SC
Dr. Kavi Sagunarthy

Knowing the warning signs of anything bad can help you in the long run. You have a gas gauge on your automobile to warn you when you are getting low on gas. Your pants begin to become uncomfortably tight warning you when you have indulged in too many desserts. Your mouth also has warning signs to alert you when your oral health is compromised. Knowing the warning signs of oral cancer can help you catch this disease early and begin immediate treatment.

Oral cancer has a very high death rate of 43% at five years upon receiving the diagnosis. The main cause of the high death rate is the fact that many people miss the signs of this disease in its earliest stages. Understanding that your oral cavity is made up of your lips, teeth, gum tissue, floor of the mouth, palate, tongue, cheeks, throat, and sinuses. Without the knowledge that all of these areas are a part of what people call “the mouth,” many symptoms are overlooked.

Common signs of oral cancer include more than the obvious. The most prominent sign of oral cancer is a persistent sore inside the mouth that does not heal. Any type of “cold sore,” canker sore, or blister that persists longer than two weeks needs to be evaluated. It is also important to take note of changes inside your mouth. Any lump, bump, thickening of the cheek tissue, or growth needs to be brought to your dentist’s attention immediately. Other common signs of oral cancer include: feeling that something is “caught” inside the throat, numbness of the lips, tongue, or other area within the mouth, chronic hoarseness, or a difference in the way your teeth or dentures fit inside your mouth.

It is often the more uncommon signs of oral cancer that get people into trouble. For instance, persistent ear pain, a persistent sore throat, and dramatic weight loss are all common symptoms of oral cancer, yet many people overlook these signs as something else. Not attributing these signs to oral cancer can cause serious, and deadly, outcomes.

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we want to know immediately of any changes that you notice in your oral health. No concern is too small. Our top priority is your oral health. Please contact us today.

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

Our Client Reviews

Gold Hill Dentistry

4.4 / 5.0

Based on 97 reviews


"When I moved I tried another dental practice. Mistake. Now I drive an hour to still use Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone from the administrative staff to the dentist are professional, kind, and good at what they do."


"This was my first appointment with Gold Hill Dentistry so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. However prior to my visit I did google their reviews which were exceptional. That being said, my first visit certainly align with their online reviews! Gold Hill Dentistry’s staff were warm, professional but personable, and they made me feel very comfortable from the moment I entered their office and throughout the entire time services were performed. My cleaning results were great and my teeth and gums felt wonderful! I look forward to a long relationship with Gold Hill Dentistry!"


"As soon as you walk in you are greeted like family. Very clean, homie feeling office. Staff and Dr. Setty super friendly, kind and professional."


"Gold Hill Dentistry is the absolute best! From the front desk, to the hygienists, to the doctor, they were all great. They bent over backwards to accommodate my special health situation and urgent scheduling needs. And the drilling/filling they did was the quickest and most painless I've ever had. Don't think twice about making them your new go-to for dental work."


"Office Staff, dental hygienists, and the dentists are all wonderful. Always friendly, helpful, professional and excellent. With so many "doc in the box" dental centers popping up, Gold Hill is a welcome exception where personal service and attention matter. (I should mention too, that the service does not come at premium cost - they take insurance and their rates are competitive and reasonable). Highly recommend Gold Hill Dentistry."


"I really like Gold Hill Dentistry. Everyone is very very friendly and helpful. They are really concerned about your care."

Contact Us

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466