Isle of Wight Clinic Named Practice of the Month by the Mouth Cancer Foundation

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A clinic in Ryde, Isle of Wight, has been named Practice of the Month by the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

Wight Dental Care was awarded the title in recognition of going the extra mile to raise awareness of mouth cancer and enforce the charity’s Mouth Cancer Accreditation scheme. The clinic was selected from hundreds of practices, which are participating in the scheme across the UK.

By joining the scheme, the team at Wight Dental Care has pledged to include routine mouth cancer checks as part of the standard check-up service. The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s ‘Two Minutes to Save a Life’ programme is designed to provide dentists with a quick, 10 point check, which is included in routine check-ups. The scheme is being supported by private and NHS dentists around the country, in a bid to raise awareness of mouth cancer and improve survival rates.

Dental nurse and practice manager, Vanessa Hopkins, said that the team has gained a lot of confidence from being part of the scheme and is now able to approach patients to discuss oral cancer openly and find ways of ensuring that any warning signs are spotted at an early stage. The scheme is particularly important for younger patients, as many assume that they would never be affected by mouth cancer and statistics show that the disease has become more prevalent among younger people in the last decade.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation’s scheme is open to all practices registered with the General Dental Council.

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