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How a dental check-up could save your life

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We all know that dentists are keen to promote regular check-ups to keep decay and gum disease at bay, but did you know that seeing a dentist every 6-12 months could save your life? It sounds dramatic to suggest that a trip to the dentist could help you cheat death, but this really is the case. Oral cancer is an increasingly common form of cancer in the UK, with more than 8,300 new cases diagnosed last year alone. Sadly, many people are unaware of the symptoms and warning signs, and this means that cases tend to be diagnosed at an advanced stage. At Harley Street Dental Studio, we recommend regular routine check-ups and we offer mouth cancer screening to try and buck this trend.

About oral cancer

Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat. When you have a routine check-up, your dentist will examine the inside of your mouth, your tongue and your throat to check for potential signs of mouth cancer or abnormalities that warrant further investigation. You may never have even noticed your dentist doing this, but going for regular check-ups could save your life, as the earlier mouth cancer is treated, the higher the chance of success.

Symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Abnormal lumps or swelling
  • Slow-healing mouth ulcers and sores
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained bleeding or oral pain
  • A persistent cough
  • Bad breath

In addition to routine checks, we also provide mouth cancer screening, which involves using a sophisticated camera to highlight potential changes in the oral tissue. This camera enables us to spot abnormalities, which may not yet be visible to the human eye.

If you’d like to find out more about oral cancer, you haven’t been to the dentist for a routine check for at least 6 months, or you’re worried about the symptoms listed above, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book an appointment today.

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