Did you know that the number of people affected by mouth cancer in the UK has almost doubled in the last ten years? At Aqua Dental we are committed to raising awareness of mouth cancer and we use the latest technology to identify warning signs that cannot be detected with the naked eye. We promote oral cancer screening and encourage our patients to attend regular dental checks.
About oral cancer
Oral cancer is a form of cancer that affects the soft tissue in the mouth and throat. In the UK, the number of cases is steadily increasing year on year and we are eager to raise the profile of mouth cancer, so that more cases can be diagnosed at an early stage. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the symptoms and this means that there is a delay between the symptoms presenting and diagnosis.
The most common signs of oral cancer include red or white patches in the mouth and slow healing mouth ulcers, but some patients may also experience a sore throat and abnormal swelling in the mouth, which makes it difficult to swallow.
Common risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, drinking alcohol, exposure to the HPV (human papilloma virus) and a poor diet, which lacks vitamins and minerals.
When to see a dentist or doctor
If you notice changes in your mouth or you have a sore or ulcer that takes more than 2 weeks to heal, arrange to see your dentist or doctor. It is highly likely that there will be nothing to worry about, but it is always better to check out any potential warning signs, as early treatment increases the chances of survival by up to 90 per cent.