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Dental Health Checks

DENTAL HEALTH CHECKS

It is important to attend for regular routine dental examinations as recommended by your dentist. It is also a time when you can take the opportunity to voice your own concerns about your teeth and mouth. Only following examination can your needs be properly assessed.

A comprehensive examination will assess your risks of gum disease and decay and will involve discussion of the appropriate time interval between routine examinations. This is a recommendation of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) requiring a patient’s needs and risks to be assessed.

An examination of the soft tissues of the mouth, lips, cheek and tongue will also be performed and a screening examination for mouth cancer is always carried out.

MOUTH CANCER

Your dentist is ideally placed to detect signs of oral abnormality by virtue of access and experience but you should be aware of the early signs of Mouth Cancer – if you display any of the following symptoms it would be wise to consult your dentist or doctor:

  • Swelling, lump or growth, or an unusual hardness in the mouth or neck. These lumps are usually painless.
  • Red or white patches or ulcers in the mouth which persist for more than 3 weeks.
  • Difficulty in chewing and swallowing.
  • Numbness, loss of feeling or pain in any area of the face, mouth or neck.

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer, but it is more common in those over 40, and particularly men. There is an increased risk for those who smoke, those who frequently consume alcohol, and heavy smoking and consumption of alcohol together increases your risk further.

Smoking is the number one cause of mouth cancer and it kills approximately 1,700 people per year in the UK.

If mouth cancer is detected early, the chances of a complete cure are considerably increased.

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