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A 16-year-old male asked:

can an infected tooth cause a lump in the tongue. its inside the tongue.i also have a sore throat. im 16 no risk factors. can it be oral cancer?scared

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Probably not cancer: Yes, an infection in the mouth can spread to other areas, and may be causing your other symptoms. While i obviously can't definitively answer your question via email, at your age, cancer is unlikely to crop up quickly. I recommend you call your dentist, pediatrician or family physician immediately. If you don't have one, go to an urgent care center or emergency department and get checked.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Please let your: Parents know about the lump in your tongue. At you age, wouldn't jump to the conclusion that this is oral cancer. If a sore throat is your primary symptom- would encourage you to have your parents bring you for medical evaluation. If there are symptoms suggestive of an infected tooth - then the dentist may be the best place to start. In the mean time use warm salt water gargles. Take care.

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