We routinely visually check and monitor our patients to detect any early signs of tooth decay, bone loss, periodontal conditions, and infection. Aided by low dosage digital X-rays displayed on extra-large monitor screens, if there's a problem you'll be able to see it for yourself.
Oral cancer screening
At every dental health check Duncan carries out an oral cancer screening by examining you're your lips, palate, cheeks, tongue, tonsils, floor of the mouth, you may not realise he's doing this but it is a very important part of your dental examination.
Studies show that mouth cancer is on the increase and that early detection dramatically improves the chances of recovery. Late detection of mouth cancers has resulted in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, with about 2,700 deaths per year in the UK.
If you have any sores, lumps or long-term ulcers in your mouth, no matter how small, it is very important that you come in to have it looked at. Early detection of oral cancer dramatically improves the prognosis. Because smoking is strongly linked with many forms of cancer and other dental problems, we always encourage our patients to quit smoking.
Many studies have shown that smoking and using tobacco products has a detrimental effect on your teeth and gums. The root of the problem is the way in which tobacco affects the gum tissue cells, making smokers more prone to infections in the form of gum and periodontal diseases. Here are some oral health problems caused by smoking:
- Bad breath.
- Stained teeth.
- Jawbone loss, shrinking gums and tooth loss.
- Mouth sores, and poor healing of mouth sores.
- Decreased senses of taste and smell.
- Mouth cancer.