Preventative Dentistry » Mouth Cancer Screening

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    I have been a patient of Soar Valley Dental Practice for sixteen years.

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  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    I have been a patient at Soar Valley Dental Practice for over twenty years. During that time I have always found the dentists, dental hygienists and support staff to be friendly and helpful, with a good sense of humour and above all a very professional approach to their work.

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    Just a short note to say how pleased I was with the four crowns you fitted last week, I was delighted with the result and very glad I took your advice. I was surprised how quickly and comfortably the time passed – definitely a good result for us both. Kind regards.

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    I have had exceptional treatment from all the staff here. I came as a new patient and have been treated well by all concerned. I would recommend the practice to anyone.

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    Ash is the most gentle, polite and professional dentist I have ever visited in over 40 years. The background music and bird song is very relaxing. Well done everyone!

  • Soar Valley Dental Practice

    I have been coming to this dental surgery for the past twenty years. I have been very impressed with the care given by the dentists. Ash has always been very considerate and easy to talk to about problems I have had with my teeth.

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At Soar Valley Dental Practice, we carry out mouth cancer screening as a standard part of our 17-point dental health check, at every routine dental check-up.

Mouth or oral cancer can develop anywhere in the mouth, being most prevalent on the tongue and lips. However, should you notice anything unusual in any part of your mouth, including ulcers that do not heal, you should book an appointment with us straight away. In many cases it will be nothing to be worried about, but as with all forms of cancer, the earlier oral cancer is spotted, the higher the chances are of making a full recovery.

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There are about 3,800 new cases of oral cancer detected in the UK each year, and about 1,700 deaths. This proportion of deaths per number of cases is higher than other forms of cancer including breast and ovarian cancer, and late detection is one of the key factors in this. That’s why we perform mouth cancer checks on every patient.

Factors such as heavy smoking, drinking and chewing tobacco are often implicated in oral cancer, as is betel nut chewing and bidi smoking. It most often affects older people and is slightly more common in men, but like any form of cancer it can affect anyone at any time – young patients who do not smoke, drink or chew tobacco have been diagnosed. For that reason it is vital to attend regular dental appointments and to get anything suspicious checked.

Signs to look out for include:

  • White or red patches on the tongue or in the mouth – many of these patches are normal, but should be checked if they grow in size or become more uneven
  • Any changes in the colour and texture of the skin of the mouth that last more than two weeks
  • Ulcers that do not heal
  • Any other suspicious lumps or growths, whether painful or not

Should your dentist find anything suspicious, they will immediately refer you for a consultation at the hospital. A biopsy will be taken and further treatment will be provided under the care of a specialist as necessary.

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