Don’t be one of the 6,800

Every year around 6,800 people in the UK are diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK. The figure is rising: rates of mouth  cancer have jumped by 68 per cent over the past 20 years.

And yet there is little reason to be one of the mortality rate statistics for these cancers because detection is easy to do and the cancers are easy to catch in their early stages, when they are also easy to treat.

Mouth Cancer Screening in LoughtonAll you have to do is make sure that if you are over about the age of 35, you have a mouth cancer screening every year. We can do a mouth cancer screening in Loughton for you here at Forest Dental after we have done one of your bi-annual check-ups.

What is mouth and throat cancer?

Cancers of the mouth and throat are caused by damaged cells that start to grow uncontrollably into tumours. They occur in the lips, gums, tonsils, palate, the lining of the mouth, the tongue, under the tongue and in the throat. These are all places that are pretty easy to examine, and while there is no national compulsory programme for mouth cancer screening, we are trained to carry them out.

What does a mouth cancer screening involve?

We carefully examine your lips and all around inside your mouth (using a small angled mirror to get a really good look). We look for lumps, bumps and lesions. If we find one, we will send you to get it cut out and analysed for cancerous cells. You won’t have to wait long for an appointment.

After we have checked your mouth, we will also carefully feel around your neck, checking for more unexpected lumps in the glands and throat.

We will also ask you if you have had any odd hoarseness, tingling or lumps that won’t heal. If you do have any such symptoms that last longer than 3 weeks when you are between screenings, make an appointment with us to get them checked out.

Mouth Cancer Action Month

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month in the UK, so you will probably read and see lots about it. If you want any more information, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

All you need to know about mouth cancer screening in Loughton

Oral cancer is a condition that can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, sinuses, and throat. While oral cancers can be life-threatening, early detection and early treatment can help minimise the risk. A regular mouth cancer screening by your dentist, every six months, is the best way to detect cancer during its earliest stages. Mouth cancer screening tests are quick, painless, and can be performed during regular dental check-ups and cleanings.

Mouth Cancer Screening in LoughtonAt Forest Dental in Loughton, we believe that prevention is better than cure and for this reason, we urge our patients to visit the dental practice at least twice a year for regular cleanings, examinations and mouth cancer screenings.

Mouth cancer risk is affected by many factors in your life. Men are more susceptible to mouth cancer than women. Other patients at risk of mouth cancer include people over the age of 60, smokers and heavy drinkers. However, mouth cancer can also develop in individuals who don’t smoke or drink heavily. For this reason, it is really important to receive a mouth cancer screening in Loughton at least once a year.

What is involved?

The mouth cancer screening is a simple and painless process. Your dentist will examine your mouth and throat and look for abnormalities such as red patches, ulcers, sores, unusual bumps or lumps. During this process, they will touch and inspect the lymph nodes in your neck and jaw, examine the inside and outside of your lips, your cheeks and floor of mouth as well as your jaw joint and the area around your ears. We also have specialised tools to look below the surface for abnormal signs and lesions that would be invisible to the naked eye.

If we find that your symptoms may be related to mouth cancer, we will implement a thorough treatment plan. We may also need to perform a biopsy in order to identify the precise stage and grade of the oral lesion. Treatment methods vary according to the precise diagnosis, but may include radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, please contact our friendly team at Forest Dental.

All you want for Christmas is healthy teeth

The season of goodwill is nearly here but how good will it be for your teeth? As the party season starts, it is more likely that people will indulge in sweet treats, fizzy drinks and the odd alcoholic drink or two. All of these things may get you into the festive spirit but it can be a rough time for your teeth unless you adhere to a diligent dental routine.

oral-cancer-screening-in-loughtonThis is a particularly good time to think about the new habits you will develop when Christmas is over. Starting with a visit to your dentist to get good advice, you might choose to introduce a new part to your dental routine. Maybe you want to start flossing or perhaps make a note to change your toothbrush as regularly as is advised by your dentist.

If you have braces, dentures or any other dental fixtures then remember that you need to take extra care. At Forest Dental, you can get special advice on food choices over Christmas from your dentist. Just remember that even if you have been dancing until dawn, you still need to ensure you follow the cleaning routine for your particular dental fixtures.

Make oral cancer screening a New Year’s Resolution

Taking care of yourself can sometimes mean preventive measures as well as responding to damage that has already taken place. You are already familiar with regular check-ups at the dentist for your teeth but did you know you can also get oral cancer screening at Forest Dental? We check for unusual lumps and bumps, investigate any pain you are having and can monitor you with yearly check-ups to make sure that you are in a continued state of good health. There is currently no national screening program for oral cancer so it is up to you to make sure you are keeping an eye on yourself.

We want you to keep raising a glass and wassailing well into the future with a full set of teeth to go with you. Visiting the dentist over the festive season need not be a chore if you choose a practice like Forest Dental. We are happy, welcoming and professional and we can meet your needs with swift expertise, sending you back out into the yuletide world with a smile on your face.

Are you going to be naughty or nice to your teeth?

People rarely ask for toothbrushes for Christmas and yet this is the exact time of year when you want to be most thorough in your dental routine.

oral-cancer-screeningEven just the amount of nuts that get eaten in the festive season can cause havoc with the teeth by getting stuck in between them or tempting you after you have already brushed your teeth for the night! There are some things that it is good to be particularly assiduous about at this time of year. Take care of these and you will be able to enjoy yourself without any worries.

Give yourself the gift of brushing your teeth even after a snack. While snacking between meals at this time is hard to avoid, make sure you continue to care for your teeth as you normal would plus a bit extra. Perhaps even consider swapping a few of the more sugary items for something a bit healthier.

It is worth booking an appointment with your dentist during or just after the festive season to check your teeth are doing okay, perhaps get them cleaned and get any issues attended to.

Keep an eye out for symptoms

Another state that often comes along at Christmas is stress. With so many things to do it is easy to feel run down and like your general well being is not high on the list of priorities. Any issues with your mouth might be something you think can be sorted out in the new year. However, there are some symptoms you should not ignore such as persistent lumps or bumps in the mouth, feelings of numbness, red or white patches, persistent pain or the feeling of having something stuck in your throat. All of these are potential signs of oral cancer and the sooner you get yourself checked out, the better- even if it just for peace of mind.

At Forest Dental, we offer an oral cancer screening service where we take a detailed look at your mouth, your history and your family’s history. If you are unsure about anything in your mouth or just want to be safe, then book an appointment. We recommend a screening every year to continue to monitor your oral health and give you peace of mind.

Mouth Cancer Screening

Cases of mouth cancer are increasing. Currently, about 2,700 per year die from mouth or oral cancer in the UK, and worryingly there are a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than of breast, cervical or skin cancer.

mouth cancer screeningA big factor in this is that many cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed at a late stage, making treatment more complex and more difficult. Dentists play a vital role in the early detection of mouth cancer, which is why at Forest Dental we carry out mouth cancer screening as a standard part of our routine dental check-ups.

As with any form of cancer, early diagnosis vastly increases your chances of beating the disease and making a full recovery. Mouth cancer screening is a simple, painless procedure that can save lives. It’s carried out here at the practice, and if anything suspicious is found we will refer you immediately to a hospital consultant for further investigation.

The first step is to take a detailed medical and dental health history, so that we can identify any particular risk factors, such as smoking. Your dentist will then carry out a thorough examination of the outside of your mouth, your head and neck by observation and by touch, followed by an examination of the inside of your mouth, including under your tongue and the inside of your cheeks.

Symptoms of mouth cancer include lumps on the tongue or inside the mouth (these may be painless), mouth ulcers that do not heal, and white or reddish patches inside your mouth. If you notice any of these symptoms, or anything else unusual, please come to see us as soon as possible – don’t wait for your regular dental check-up. In many cases these symptoms will be benign, but because early diagnosis is vital we urge you to have a check-up as soon as possible.