Here at Westbury Dental Care, we offer oral cancer screening. The goal of this examination is to identify any early symptoms of mouth cancer, so that there is a greater chance for a cure. Early detection increases the overall success rates; we recommend regular oral and dental check-ups to facilitate early diagnosis. The earlier the abnormality is detected, the smaller the ulcer is likely to be. Our professionals and friendly dentists are able to perform this type of examination during routine dental-checkup appointments. However, if you require additional tests, we can also book you in for further examinations. During oral cancer screening examinations, our dentists will look for any white patches or mouth sores in your mouth and check for any lumps. Oral cancer screening examinations give patients peace of mind, knowing that everything is as it should be. Call us today on 020 8942 8943 to book in with us.
Why is it important?
years and more patients are looking to book in for oral cancer screening tests. Oral cancer screening may be particularly important for you if you had had previous oral cancer diagnosis’ or use tobacco of any kind – this included cigars, pipes and cigarettes. If you are concerned about your cancer risk, it’s much better to book in with us so that we can examine your mouth in full to detect any early signs.
As a patient at our practice your dentist will always check for cancer during your regular check-up.
What are the symptoms of oral or mouth cancer?
Symptoms for oral cancer can include:
- Red or white patches on the lining of your mouth or tongue.
- So what are the tips for a healthy mouth?
- Regular visits your dentist and hygienist.
- Whilst brushing your teeth look out for any abnormalities like ulcers (they can be painless) or any red or white patches.
- Sun exposure: use a lip balm with sun protection and avoid over exposure.
- Eat a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients.
- Cut down on smoking and drinking.
If we spot any precarious signs after the full examination, we may recommend a follow-up visit. This is normally arranged for a few weeks after the first examination to see if the abnormal areas are still present and to analyse the growth. Here, if we notice that it is growing and it poses a high cancer risk, we will offer a biopsy procedure to test where cancer cells are actually present.
Contact Westbury Dental Care and Implant Centre
Get in touch with our expert team at Westbury Dental Care today to arrange your regular dental check-up or specialist oral cancer screening appointment. You can call us directly on 020 8942 8943 or use our simple online contact form and we’ll get back to you promptly.