Support Mouth Cancer Action Month
Jan was given the crushing news that it was in fact oral cancer, and urgent surgery was advised. She had most of her lower lip removed, had months of cosmetic surgery to reconstruct it. Even though she was scarred, she was alive.
If your dental check-up is overdue or it has been some time since you visited your dentist, now is the perfect time to pick up the phone and book your appointment. Why? Because November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, a time to raise awareness about early detection and prevention – something which we can achieve through regular dental examinations.
Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign held throughout the month of November to increase education of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer, with the aim of saving thousands of lives. To put it in perspective, mouth cancer claims more lives every year than road traffic accidents. Worse still, mouth cancer is one of the few cancers predicted to increase in the coming years, yet with early detection or better still prevention, this statistic could be a thing of the past.
Book your next check up today
At Charl Chapman Dental we encourage all of our patients to attend regular dental check-ups, not least because early diagnosis of oral cancer could save your life. Preventative dentistry is also the best way to avoid future problems with your teeth and gums. A regular check-up ticks many boxes in your oral health routine, giving you the opportunity to:
- Have your teeth, gums and mouth examined for any potential problems
- Talk about any pain or discomfort you are currently experiencing
- Discuss any suitable treatments for dental issues or for cosmetic purposes
- Undergo routine screening for mouth cancer
- Have your teeth scaled and polished by our hygienists
- Seek advice on brushing, flossing and general oral hygiene
If you are worried about your overall oral health, a routine check-up will put your mind at ease. As will having the facts – such as knowing what might be a sign or symptom of oral cancer. We tell all of our patients to let us know if they are experiencing:
- Mouth ulcers which do not clear up after three weeks
- Unusual lumps or swelling in the mouth
- Red or white patches in the mouth
With routine screening, the disease can be prevented or detected early enough to treat.
If you want to show your support for this worthy cause why not make sure you’re up to date on your dental check-ups?
Call us today on 01277 217706 so we can help you maintain a healthy, confident smile.