It is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. George Codelli encourages new and current patients to stay ahead of their oral health. Oral cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in the United States. Each year, thousands of people will be diagnosed with the condition. If spotted during its early stages, oral cancer can be treated. 

Early detection is a practice that can significantly improve the outcome of the disease. If it is left untreated, the cancer can quickly spread to other parts of the body, leading to pain, chronic illness and a loss of quality of life. Regular self-examinations and oral exams performed by your periodontist can help to identify its early signs.

Oral cancer symptoms in Atlanta,GA include:

  • Unusual changes in the mouth
  • Sores that will not heal or go away
  • Swelling or numbness 
  • Presence of bumps, lumps and patches that are red or white
  • Trouble eating, speaking or swallowing


These are not the only signs of oral cancer. There are certain risk factors, such as being over the age of 50 and consuming alcohol and smoking that can increase one’s chances of developing the condition. Oral cancer is a condition that can develop at any time in anyone, which is why it is so vitally important for you to get checked for oral cancer symptoms in Atlanta, GA by a periodontist regularly.

Although the thought of having any cancer is scary, you should not allow that fear to keep you from visiting us. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the better and more effective your treatment options may be. Contact our friendly and experienced staff with any questions you have.

To learn more about oral cancer or to schedule an appointment with Codelli, contact our office at (844) 845-4361.