• 01 JUN 16

    ORAL or MOUTH CANCER

    What is it?

    Mouth cancer is a dangerous abnormal growth that can affect any part of the mouth.

    What to look for?

    Mouth cancer can appear as:

    • An, often painless, ulcer that fails to clear up after about two weeks
    • A growth or swelling which has been present for more than about two weeks
    • Sometimes as a white or red patch in the mouth.
    • Most things like this will not turnout to be cancer: but if you have these signs they must be investigated by a dentist immediately.

    Who is at risk?

    • If you use tobacco (smoked or chewed) and drink too much alcohol. If you do both, you increase your chances of getting cancer.
    • Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases risk of lip and skin cancer.
    • Aged 40 years and over but younger people can get it too.
    • People who don’t eat a healthy diet.
    • People who have a chronic infection such as candidosis or syphilis

    What can be done?

    • Follow the advice in the “Who is at risk” section.
    • See your dentist at regular intervals as he can detect it early and then the chances of a cure are good. He may monitor you or send you to see a specialist.
    • Keep your alcohol intake to below 14 units for women and 21 units for men (a unit is roughly equal to a single measure of spirit , a half pint of beer or a small glass of wine)
    • Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
    • Make an appointment with your doctor to talk about giving up smoking and the help that is available from the NHS.
    • A ‘7-point self screening’ instructions leaflet can be requested at reception.

    Once a suspicious lesion has been identified your dentist will refer you to a specialist for investigation. In today’s world there are many treatment options from excision (removal) of the tumour, cryotherapy (freezing it off) radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Any treatment, if needed will be specifically tailored to your needs.

NHS Treatments

  • AFTER EXTRACTION CARE

    To avoid a dry socket (post operative infection of the bone), usually due to early loss of the blood clot… Avoid excessive exercise for several hours. Ideally, rest by sitting in a chair and use an extra pillow for the first night.Excessive exercise will cause further bleeding. Do not drink anything alcoholic for 24 hours.

  • BRUXISM – Grinding or Clenching your teeth

    Bruxism (Medical term for the habit of grinding/clenching your teeth). Who is most at risk? – You are more likely to suffer from bruxism if you: Have a stressful lifestyle Drink large amounts of alcohol Smoke Take medication for sleep, depression or anxiety (paroxetine, fluoxetine and setraline) Drink six or more cups of tea or coffee a

  • FLUORIDE

    What is Fluoride? Fluoride is a natural mineral that is able to protect teeth against decay. It is not a substitute for cleaning your teeth and eating healthily. It is found in toothpastes, mouth rinses and is added to public water supplies in some areas (not in London). How does Fluoride work? If fluoride is

  • ORAL HYGIENE

    What is it? Keeping your teeth and gums clean, healthy and free from infection. Good oral hygiene will prevent dental decay and periodontal disease and is essential for preserving gums and the bone which keeps your teeth secure in your mouth. If you smoke you are much more likely to get periodontal problems. You are

  • TOOTH SENSITIVITY & EROSION

    TOOTH (dentine) HYPERSENSITIVITY and EROSION (worn teeth) What is hypersensitivity? It is a short sharp pain arising from exposed dentine (part of the tooth which is in communication with the nerve inside the tooth) in response to stimuli. These could be thermal such as hot or cold drinks, chemical such as sweet or acidic food

  • YOUR CHILD’S FIRST TEETH

    Your child’s first teeth will begin to erupt at about six months of age. The lower deciduous (baby) incisors (front teeth) erupt first followed by the upper deciduous incisors. These are followed a few months later by the lower, then upper deciduous first molars (back chewing teeth), the deciduous canines (pointed teeth at side of