Oral Cancer can be successfully treated if it is detected early. Around 84% of mouth cancer cases can be detected early by a dental health professional
At Coach House Dental, we provide regular mouth cancer screenings for all our patients. If you have a history of mouth cancer in your family, let your dentist know right away. We may schedule screenings more often than for the average patient.
What is the screening process?
When our dentists conduct a mouth cancer screening, we look at signs of discolouration or sores inside the mouth.
We then feel around the mouth tissue for signs of abnormal growths or lumps. If we find anything unusual, we will refer you to a specialist for further examination.
Am I at risk of mouth cancer?
These are some risk factors that can increase your chances of getting mouth cancer:
I. Old age (people over 40 are more at risk)
II. Regular smoking or tobacco use
III. Heavy consumption of alcohol
IV. Human papillomavirus (HPV)
V. Male (men are more susceptible than women)
VI. Having an unhealthy diet
VII. Overexposure to harmful UVA rays
Even if you don’t have any of these risk factors, there is a growing number of people who are diagnosed with mouth cancer despite having no risk factors at all.
For this reason, mouth cancer screenings are vital in monitoring your overall health.
What are the symptoms of mouth cancer?
When our dentists conduct a mouth cancer screening, we look for symptoms inside your mouth, such as:
I. Red and/or white patches
II. Open wounds that don’t heal or bleed non-stop
III. Any hard lumps or spots
IV. Signs of numbness or discomfort when you bite down on your teeth
Book you mouth cancer screening appointment with Coach House Dental by calling us on 01159 324811
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) Am I at risk of having mouth cancer?
A) If you happen to smoke or drink, then yes, you are at risk.
Q) What is done at a mouth cancer screening?
A) At a screening, the soft tissue in the mouth is checked for cancer symptoms.
Q) How often should I get a mouth cancer screening?
A) It depends on your lifestyle, if you smoke or drink you should have one every 6 months and elderly people should have one every 12.
Q) Is having a mouth cancer screening painful?
A) No, but it is something necessary for you to have done.
Q) Is a mouth cancer screening worth the money?
A) Yes, of course, mouth cancer is awful, save yourself money and pain with this screening!
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