Here to help
Here at SW9 Dental in Stockwell, it is our philosophy that prevention is the best form of any treatment. As such, we pride ourselves on putting the education, and furthering of a patient’s understanding about the signs of dental deterioration, at the forefront of our services. All too often, patients seek treatment through us, when it is already too late for any preventative measures to be taken, and the most severe of treatments are the only option left. It is for this reason that we have a fully equipped, specialist service, which offers mouth cancer screening in Stockwell, to help patients identify any tell-tale signs of developing cancerous tissue, and root it out whilst there is still ample time.
Tell tale signs
Mouth cancer can develop anywhere within the mouth, and is the sixth most common cancer in the world. It is estimated that around 6,800 people are year are diagnosed with mouth cancer, which can develop initially within any part of the patient’s mouth. This includes on a patient’s gums, lips, on the roof of their mouths, tongues and inside their cheeks, as well as on their tonsils and salivary glands. It is due to the vastness of the cancer’s reach, that it is imperative that our patients understand the symptoms of developing mouth cancer tissue. In the early developing stages of any form of mouth cancer, there are no inherent visible symptoms – although we recommend that smokers and heavy drinkers regularly get themselves screened for this exact reason. As the cancer develops, some of the tell-tale signs can include patches within the lining of the mouth or tongue, which are generally red or white. Other signs can include persistent swelling for over three weeks, pain when swallowing, loose teeth for no apparent reason, and poorly fitting dentures.
Shining a light on the issue
Those who are concerned they may have identified any symptoms of onset mouth-cancer, and wish to be screened by one of our highly trained, professional and approachable staff here, at SW9 Dental, can rest assured we will thoroughly examine you. The process of undertaking mouth cancer screening in Stockwell will initially consist of a dental practitioner making an initial assessment of the interior of the patient’s teeth, looking for any lumps or tissue abnormality, as well as searching for any red or white patches and sores. A specialist dental light may also be utilised during a mouth cancer screening, which makes healthy dental tissue appears dark, whilst any potentially cancerous tissue would come out white. Another method of mouth cancer screening in Stockwell which may be utilised, involves rinsing the inside of the patient’s mouth with a specialist blue dye, prior to beginning the examination. After which, the blue would be absorbed by any potentially cancerous tissue, which would make it easier for us to detect.
Why it is necessary
Recent studies have indicated that mouth cancer is on the rise, and that early detection can dramatically improve the potential for the patient to enjoy a full and healthy recovery. As such, it is imperative that patients, who feel they may be at risk of mouth cancer, seek the services of our friendly and supportive staff here at SW9 dental, in order for us to assist you on your path to a healthier mouth.