Bedford Dental Team Urges Patients to Attend Regular Check-Ups Following Rise in Oral Cancer Cases

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A dental team from Bedford is encouraging patients to keep up to date with routine dental checks following a significant rise in oral cancer cases.

The team from mydentist in Bedford is urging patients who haven’t seen their dentist in a while to get in touch and book an appointment. Statistics from Cancer Research UK suggest an 88 percent rise in cases of oral cancer since the late 1970s. In the last decade alone, the number of people affected has risen by over a third.

Check-ups are quick, but could make the difference between life and death. When you to go your dentist for a check-up, they don’t just check your teeth and gums for cavities and disease, they also perform oral cancer checks.

Karen Turner said that research is constantly linking oral and general health and frequent dental checks are consequently incredibly important. The team at mydentist is ready and willing to help. The dentists have experience in caring for nervous patients and they use the latest techniques and technology to help patients to feel comfortable.

Research also suggested that gum disease may be linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in women who have gone through menopause. Studies suggested a 14 percent increase in breast cancer in women with periodontal disease.

The team is also encouraging patients to keep an eye out for potential warning signs. Catching oral cancer early increases the chances of survival significantly. Symptoms include red or white patches, ulcers that take a long time  to heal and oral pain. Additional signs may include difficulty swallowing and a sore throat that takes a long time to subside.

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