November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month. With around 8,300 Brits diagnosed with mouth cancer last year, the disease is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers. Few people are aware of the early warning signs and symptoms – and yet early diagnosis transforms our chances of beating it from 50 to 90 per cent.
A simple 45 second check is often all that’s needed to identify anything unusual and seek professional guidance. A mouth ulcer that does not heal within three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area, can all be potential signs of mouth cancer so it’s important to be aware of any changes occurring inside your mouth.
Although mouth cancer can affect anybody, risk factors include smoking, alcohol, HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), a poor diet, sunlight/sunbeds and a weak immune system.
During every check-up at Torrington Dental Practice, we do a visual examination for mouth cancer and look for anything that might be a cause for concern. That’s why it’s so important to keep regular dental check-ups. It’s not just about the health of our teeth and gums – a trip to the dentist could really be a life saver.
For more information on early warning signs and systems, and how to reduce your risk of getting mouth cancer, visit www.mouthcancer.org. And if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the practice.
Mr Mills was kind, pleasant and reassuring, and explained everything to me, so that I knew what was going on every inch of the way. I can’t recommend him and his implant team highly enough.
Super helpful, friendly, clean, efficient and brilliant at informing us of procedures & treatment. We never feel rushed or have to wait too long. They have made the dentist experience a positive one for our children – who are always excited to go!
I would rate this dentist 1000 stars if I could! Everyone there is so friendly and smiley! I had my teeth done by John Cato and Paula and what can I say. Both of them made me feel so relaxed even though I normally hate the dentist they have made this all change! I couldn’t thank them both enough.
It’s nearly two months since my treatment for an implanted bridge concluded and I could not be more pleased. The treatment was excellent, the care by Ian Mills and his team was superb and the teeth look fantastic.
Rhys Gabe is an incredible guy. After 30 odd years of avoiding the dentist through fear I actually now enjoy going thanks to this man. I cannot recommend him highly enough to nervous and anxious patients.