Mouth cancer is a disease that can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. It is a cancer that is on the increase, therefore raising awareness, recognising symptoms early and regular dental check-ups could save lives.
Anyone can be at risk of developing mouth cancer, whether you have your own teeth, or wear dentures, and this risk increases significantly in those who smoke and / or drink heavily.
Spotting signs and symptoms early is fundamental in successful treatment.
Signs and symptoms that must not be ignored:
– a mouth ulcer that does not heal within 3 weeks
– red or white patches in the mouth or throat
– unusual lumps or swellings in and around the mouth, or in the neck / jaw
Get into the habit of checking your own mouth, know what’s normal for you, and seek advice from your dentist or doctor immediately if you are worried, or detect any changes.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of developing mouth cancer:
– Attend regular dental appointments, and let the dental team know of any changes to your mouth
– Cut down on smoking / drinking
– Follow a healthy diet
– Wear high factor sun cream when out in the sun, including protective lip balm
At Porthmadog Dental Centre we carry out mouth cancer screening to check for any signs and symptoms, and we could advise you further on what to look out for. It is a quick and easy process, which is carried out at your routine check-up.
To arrange your dental appointment, call 01766 515729.