Kingsbridge Dental Clinic Urges Patients to Arrange Regular Check-Ups Amid Mouth Cancer Fears

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mydentist dental clinic in Kingsbridge is urging patients to arrange regular check-ups in a bid to reduce the number of mouth cancer cases.

The team is encouraging patients to see their dentist on a regular basis following a significant rise in the number of cases of mouth cancer diagnosed in the UK. Figures from Cancer Research UK suggest there has been an increase of more than a third of cases diagnosed in men and women in the last ten years. Since the 1970s, the number of cases has risen by 88 percent. Research also suggests that there may be a link between gum disease and an increased risk of breast cancer.

Practice manager Hannah Stephens said the research is unveiling increasingly important connections between oral and general health and the best thing patients can do is see their dentist for regular routine checks. When you have a check-up, your dentist will perform oral cancer checks and look out for any potential signs of abnormal tissue.

The team is also urging patients to be aware of the symptoms and warning signs of mouth cancer. Possible symptoms include abnormal lumps or swelling, red or white patches in the mouth or throat, a persistent sore throat and ulcers that take longer than two weeks to heal.

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