Free Mouth Cancer Check at Every Single Dental Exam!
Mouth cancer is a serious and important global healthcare problem. Every year, over 300 cases are reported in Ireland and these figures continue to rise year upon year.
Early detection of mouth cancer is a key factor for treatment success and patient survival. Despite this, many cases are only detected at advanced stages, and only half will survive a 5-year period. The earlier it is detected, the better the outcome of the treatment. Treatment can be aggressive and difficult, with life changing consequences.
At Navan Dental, we wish to raise awareness of this disease and its risk factors. During every dental examination carried out at Navan Dental, we will routinely check you for mouth cancer along with other oral diseases. We encourage you to have regular checks.
Some of the risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, alcohol, over exposure to sun, exposure to the Human Papilloma virus and a poorly maintained mouth and dentition. These are all risks that can be reduced.
The symptoms of mouth cancer can include the following:
- A sore or ulcer in your mouth that does not heal
- White or red patches inside the mouth
- A lump in the mouth or neck
- Thickening or hardening of the cheek or tongue
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue
- Numbness of the tongue or face
- A persistent sore throat and hoarseness
- Persistent nosebleeds and stuffy nose
- Unexplained loose teeth.
These symptoms are just as likely to be due to problems other than cancer but if they persist for more than 3 weeks it is important to have them checked by your doctor or dentist.
At Navan Dental, our dentists have diagnosed several cases of mouth cancer over the last number of years, and they have experience at dealing with this very difficult situation in an efficient and empathetic way.
Efficiency is crucial because the earlier that mouth cancer is treated the better the chances of survival, so please make sure that you attend every 6 months for your dental check up!
If you are concerned about a lump, ulcer, red or white patch that has been present in your mouth for more than 3 weeks, then please call reception on 046 9021203 to let one of the dental team examine it.
For more information, visit:
The National Cancer Helpline
Freefone: 1800 200 700