Oral Cancer Screening by your dentist

Oral cancer screening

Mouth cancer

Mouth cancer affect anyone, however in many cases it can be linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, poor diet and sexual activity. Oral cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases in the UK up by more than 50% in the last decade alone.

Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women. In the last year more than 7,000 have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK – an increase of more than a third compared to a decade ago.

Before every consultation our dentists start with an extra-oral and intra-oral examination, taking into account the medical history and lifestyle of our patients, checking for any abnormalities, sign or symptoms.   If your dentist finds something unusual they will refer you to a hospital consultant.

When mouth cancer is spotted early, the chances of a complete cure are good, However, too many people come forward too late, because they do not visit their dentist for regular examinations, if you have any concerns you must mention them and get it checked out.

Sadly, more than 1,800 people in the UK lose their life to mouth cancer every year. Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught early enough. As it is, people with mouth cancer are more likely to die than those having cervical cancer or melanoma skin cancer.

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What signs and symptoms of mouth cancer do we look for?

As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places including the tongue, gums, lips and cheek it is very important that you know what to look for. If you experience any of these, get it checked out by your dentist or doctor:

  • Ulcers which do not heal within 3 weeks
  • Red and white patches in the mouth
  • Lumps or swellings in the mouth, head or neck area

when mouth cancer is spotted early, the chances of a complete cure are good, However, too many people come forward too late, because they do not visit their dentist for regular examinations.

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How can I keep my mouth healthy?

It is important to visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, even if you wear dentures. This is especially important if you smoke and drink alcohol.

When brushing your teeth, look out for any changes in your mouth, and report any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above.

When exposed to the sun, be sure to use a good protective sun cream, and put the correct type of barrier cream on your lips.

A good diet, rich in vitamins A, C and E, provides protection against the development of mouth cancer.  Plenty of fruit and vegetables help the body to protect itself, in general, from most cancers.

Cut down on your smoking and drinking.

What do our patients say about treatment at Larkham House?

Delighted by the service

I attended this morning and was delighted by the service I received. Dr. Matthew Sadd was both clear, concise and very helpful and I wanted to put my gratitude in writing.

Ken

Very friendly and supportive staff

Very friendly and supportive staff – they always think of patients needs and treat all patients as individuals, not the same.

Claire

Extremely Caring

Extremely caring, I have been made to feel at ease.

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Happy Implant Patient

I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the questions asked were answered and more. I’m a nervous patient, but everyone made me feel so much better and my implant… Read more “Happy Implant Patient”

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Professional Treatment

Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease – had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and not have any adverse outcomes.

Implant Patient

A very professional and welcoming team.

A very professional and welcoming team. Clinic very modern and equipped with the latest technology. Would highly recommend a visit.

Amanda H.

Fabulous dentist

As a very very nervous patient and I haven’t visited a dentist for a long time, I took myself and my son here. Fabulous dentist who kept me very calm thank you

Claire F.

Warm welcome

Warm welcome. Friendly professional team. I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you.

Diane B.

Lovely practice

Lovely practice, never run late and never rushed by dentist, feel like the checkup we have is always thorough and honest.

Lyndsey W.

Would recommend this practice to anyone

My families teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone

Joanna C.

Excellent service

Excellent service , they really care about you as a person and your family well being.

Abigail R. S.

Excellent service

Excellent service and jolly good hygienists too!

Debbie C.

Excellent practice

Excellent practice. Hygienist brilliant!

Donna E.
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