Category: Mouth Cancer Screening

Having a mouth cancer screening during your regular check-up appointment

Although we would all like to believe that our bodies are invincible and our health is on top form, it is always important to have checks in order to keep this the case and prevent missing potential damage to our bodies, both naturally and due to lack of care.

One of the key processes carried out in our dental practice is the process of mouth cancer screening Glasgow. This simple check during your appointment can help detect and reduce the impact of the cancer as quickly and efficiently as possible, which can be of huge importance.

HIgh risk patients

Whilst we all have habits which can negatively impact our health and day-to-day life, those who smoke are often more prone to cancers such as oral carcinoma. Luckily, although any form of cancer is difficult to understand, this particular form can often be relatively easy to recover from and also easy to operate on should that particular solution be needed. Now whilst that may all sound simple, early detection with any form of cancer is one of the biggest factors in both prognosis and recovery which is why mouth cancer screening Glasgow has become a standard procedure during your regular check-ups with us.

Keeping us in the loop

Although there are often many tell-tale signs of smoking from the smell on clothes, to the stains on teeth or odour to the breath, it is highly important to be honest with your dental team and continue to keep them in the loop should you smoke or take up other hobbies which may affect your oral health. Although our dental team can only advise you on the potential side effects of smoking, by keeping us all in the loop at Dental FX we are able to ensure that close inspections are kept a regular occurrence within your appointments due to the higher risk of cancer.

Ignoring the consistent mouth ulcer

In the past, misdiagnosis of tumours within the mouth has occurred and what may have been diagnosed as a persistent ulcer has actually had something a little more sinister occurring. Luckily, with advances in knowledge surrounding overall oral health, these alterations to the mouth, no matter how small, are investigated further. For instance, should an ulcer not respond to treatment and self-care solutions at home within around 4 weeks then it is important to visit your dental team, so as to resolve the issue and receive any treatment which may be required. Suffering at home is unnecessary when we are at hand to help with a solution, whether it be further investigation of the problem with mouth cancer screening Glasgow, or to provide an alternative treatment or procedure to the self-care one.

Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have and help put your mind at ease where possible. Wondering at home what is wrong or suffering from pain that a painkiller won’t resolve is unnecessary when your dental team is here to support, guide and discover the root cause of the issue.

Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is an extremely important part of dentistry. A dentist can only do so much, and much of the responsibility is on the patient. A good hygiene routine will require brushing at least twice a day, and flossing once a day, to ensure that all food and sugars have been removed from the teeth. It is crucial that this happens, otherwise bacteria can linger on the teeth and therefore start to produce acids, which is what causes decay. At Dentist FX, we want to ensure that you are well cared for, so we want to assess every part of your oral health, to ensure that your mouth is not only looking and feeling its best but functioning correctly and healthily too.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowSmoking

Smoking is another cause of poor dental health. Smoking can lead to symptoms such as staining of the teeth and bad breath, which can be undesirable if you are looking to improve your appearance. Smoking can also cause the loss of jawbone and gums, and can even assist with tooth loss, which can be extremely detrimental to your health.

Smoking can also cause mouth cancer, which can be extremely serious and potentially fatal, so quitting, or reducing the amount you smoke is in your best interest. If you are looking for a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow, then this is something that we offer. It is important to get scanned as soon as possible, and if you are a regular smoker, then to get scanned every now and then. In terms of a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow, Dental FX offer a professional service in the area, so if you are concerned about this aspect of your health, or have been a regular smoker, then it is important to get checked.

Other issues

There can be other issues that can be unseen, such as gum disease, that can contribute to health problems in the mouth. If you are experiencing blood when you have brushed your teeth, or receding gums, then these may be symptoms of periodontal disease. You should make it your number one priority to see us as soon as possible, as this can result in losing all of your teeth.

Build-up of plaque

A build-up of plaque can be a big factor in the deterioration of your oral health. Therefore, maintaining a good dental hygiene regime is extremely important. A scale and polish is ideal in this situation, as it can assist with removing plaque and tartar build-ups in the mouth that may have been unseen. If you are also interested in a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow, then this is also a service that we can provide, and is a crucial thing to be checking for, as it can be one of the most dangerous conditions of the mouth.

It is also important to get your teeth checked by us regularly. Any of the issues mentioned are often treatable if they are noticed early, and it is in fact the sustained neglect of the problem which contributes to their severity.

Come and get checked out for mouth cancer

The Scots have a terrible reputation for being unhealthy, and while this is not as true as it used to be, we do love a wee dram (or several), and we are not as fond of fruit and veg as we used to be. Fewer of us smoke than in the past, but there are still enough of us at it, and most of us could do with losing a bit of weight. It’s just life in Glasgow in the 21st Century right? Well, yes, but it’s not having a good effect on our mouths.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowYou may be more worried about lung cancer or bowel cancer, but if you are over 35, you should be getting a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow once every 12 months. Sounds a bit dramatic? Well, the statistics are dramatic. Mouth cancer is the 6th most common kind of cancer worldwide.  Around 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK, which is about 2% of all cancers diagnosed.

There are direct links between mouth and throat cancers and lifestyle. If you are a smoker, if you drink alcohol regularly, if you don’t eat much fresh fruit and veg, if you are overweight, then you are more likely to develop mouth cancers.

At Dental FX, we can carry out a mouth cancer screening in Glasgow along with one of your bi-yearly check-ups. It won’t take long. All we do is have a good look round inside your mouth, using a mirror to check your tongue and underneath it, at the back of your throat, around your gums and palate and inside your cheeks. Once we’ve done that we will also use our hands to feel into your neck and throat to check for any lumps there.

Mouth cancer usually shows up as lumps and bumps that won’t heal, but it could also be what’s behind a suddenly hoarse voice or a tingly lip. We will ask you if you have notice anything unusual recently.

If we do find something, don’t panic. In its early stages, mouth cancer is pretty easy to treat. Any lumps can be cut out and analysed.

Oral health reassurance

The link between smoking and cancer has been clear for many years. The recent changes to tobacco packaging are the latest attempt to reduce the number of people who take up this life-threatening habit. You may have seen the photographs, on some cigarette packets, of the potential effects of mouth cancer. Pictures like these are not easy to look at. They’re intended to deter people from carcinogenic substances, but they can also cause worries for people who’ve long since given up smoking, or even people who’ve never smoked at all. In Glasgow, mouth cancer screening is offered by dentists as a way to provide professional scrutiny of your at-risk oral tissues.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowA proper look at your condition

Maintaining good oral health is a key part of your overall wellbeing. At Dental FX, we can give you up-to-date information and contemporary advice, which will help you to keep your mouth in a healthy condition. This will reduce the overall risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental problems. If you’re trying to quit smoking, we can provide support and information to encourage you towards your goal. The condition of your teeth and mouth will greatly improve very soon after your last cigarette. Our friendly professionals are trained to spot the early signs of unwanted developments that may indicate mouth cancer, and will speedily refer you to the appropriate medical services if further investigations are needed.

A healthy life

Life can be difficult when the function of your mouth is impaired. You may know this at some level yourself, if you’ve experienced toothache, or if you’ve had to cope with the numbness that can linger after receiving a local anaesthetic. We want all of our patients to be free from oral difficulties, so they can enjoy life without the inconvenience of problems in the mouth. Our mouth cancer screening service provides regular reassurance to patients. By allowing us to pay attention to your teeth and the tissues that surround them, you take care of your future oral health. Screening for mouth cancer ensures that any potentially serious problems are detected at an early stage.