All Smiles Dental Practice in Bromley carry out mouth cancer screening for all patients as part of their general dental check-up.
As with any form of cancer, early detection is vital in increasing the success of treatment. Mouth cancer, also called oral cancer, is a malignant growth which can occur in any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips and throat.
Currently the mortality rate for mouth cancer is just over 50%, which is largely due to late detection. Mouth cancers have a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma, and cause about 1,700 deaths per year. That's why early detection is so important, as this significantly improves survival rates. Your dentist is the best person to spot early signs of mouth cancer.
Mouth cancer screening is a simple procedure carried out as part of your general dental check-up. After analysing your dental history and any habits, such as smoking, that can increase the risk of mouth cancer, All Smiles will thoroughly examine both the outside and inside of your mouth.
Outside your mouth they'll check your lips, head and neck, while inside your mouth they'll check the inside of your lips, your cheeks, tongue, gums and throat.
If they discover anything suspicious, you'll be referred to a hospital consultant. If you notice any abnormal lumps or anything else unusual between your regular dental check-ups, please contact All Smiles immediately for an appointment.
If they discover you need any general dental treatment during your regular dental check-up, they'll explain our findings and will give you a detailed treatment plan. They use the unique Wand system to administer any local anaesthetic required during treatment. The Wand delivers a steady, controlled flow of anaesthetic and vibrates to minimise the "bee sting" effect associated with standard needles.