During November we recognize the importance of screening for oral cancer. As part of Mouth Cancer Action Month, Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral is increasing oral cancer awareness and reminding patients of the benefits of routine dental services and regular screenings.
Oral cancer remains a growing health concern with thousands of new patients being diagnosed annually in the UK. It can have devastating effects on many aspects of your oral and overall health and well being. Sadly, many patients are diagnosed at late stages of disease, which often means a poor prognosis and more limited treatment options. Dr. Buckle and his associates in our Liverpool area family dental practise routinely screen for oral cancers during regular visits, looking for the early warning signs that can indicate developing disease. These can include new lesions, areas of discoloration, or sores in and around the mouth. Early and prompt treatment can often mean a full recovery.
Here are some things to be aware of and reasons to visit with us routinely for an exam and screening:
- Tenderness or palpable lumps under the chin and in the neck area
- Sores in or around the mouth that do not heal or recur frequently
- Noticeable color changes in the gum tissue, on the tongue
- Patches of white or red inside the cheeks or on the gums
There are also key risk factors for oral cancers that everyone should be aware of:
- Smoking, tobacco use
- Frequent exposure to second hand smoke
- Diagnosed with HPV, multiple sexual partners
During your routine dental visits with Dr. Buckle or an associate at Buckle Advanced Dental Care it is important to discuss any concerns you may have and lifestyle habits that could increase your risk for oral cancer. Our team can provide personalized oral hygiene advice and make recommendations for reducing your overall risk.
For more information on oral cancer and how to become a part of the social media movement to increase awareness and screening, visit dentalhealth.org. If you have concerns about your oral health or risk factors and are looking for a local Liverpool area dentist, contact Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral. We welcome new patients and families and offer comprehensive, compassionate dental care.