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How Dentists can help to spot Mouth Cancer

01 Nov 2017

Mouth Cancer – if in doubt, get checked out

Dr Pilar Gesto

Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

November is Mouth Cancer Awareness month, and we are helping to share information about mouth cancer, including possible symptoms and tips for prevention. Mouth cancer can develop in most parts of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, gums, cheek and the throat.

How dental checkups can help identify problems

It can be hard to spot symptoms of mouth cancer, which is why it is important to get checked out regularly.

As dentists, when we perform a checkup, we always look for any abnormalities in the mouth, such as the signs of oral cancer. If we think necessary, we will provide an onward referral to a specialist for further investigation.

Symptoms to watch for:

If you notice anything unusual in your mouth, it’s advisable to make an appointment with your dentist.

Make an appointment with your dentist if you notice:

  • Ulcers which do not heal within three weeks.
  • Red and white patches in the mouth; or
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.

Preventing mouth cancer:

The best ways to prevent mouth cancer:

  • Cut down on alcohol consumption;
  • Cut down or stop smoking; and
  • Enjoy a healthy diet.

Dental Check Up at Fleet Street Clinic

If you’d like to book a check-up with a dentist at Fleet Street Clinic, please call us on  020 7353 5678, email info@fleetstreetclinic.com or request an appointment online here.

 

 

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