Silk Dental – Dentist Macclesfield
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  • Macclesfield
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Don’t Get Caught Off Guard: Oral Cancer and Your Dental Check-Ups


We all know the importance of a bright smile, but keeping your mouth healthy goes beyond pearly whites. Regular dental check-ups are vital for spotting potential problems early on, including mouth cancer.

What is Oral Cancer?
Oral cancer is the term for any cancer that develops in your mouth. This can affect your lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, roof and floor of your mouth, and even your throat (oropharyngeal cancer). Early detection is crucial for successful treatment, and that’s where your dentist comes in.

Why are Check-Ups Important?
During your regular check-up, your dentist will not only examine your teeth and gums but also perform a routine oral cancer screening. This painless process involves a visual and physical examination of your mouth, feeling for lumps or bumps and checking for any changes in the tissues.

Why Should You Be Concerned?
While not particularly common, oral cancer can be serious if left unchecked. The good news is that early detection significantly improves the chances of successful treatment. Regular check-ups allow your dentist to identify any potential issues early, when they’re often easier to treat.

Who is Most at Risk?
Certain factors can increase your risk of oral cancer. These include:

  • Smoking and tobacco use: This is the biggest risk factor.
  • Heavy alcohol consumption: Especially when combined with smoking.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV): Particularly HPV16 and HPV18, which are also linked to cervical cancer.
  • Sun exposure: For lip cancer.
  • A weakened immune system.

What Can You Do?
Here’s a winning combination for a healthy mouth:

  • Schedule regular dental check-ups: Aim for at least once a year, or more often if your dentist recommends it.
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms: These include mouth ulcers that don’t heal, white or red patches on the gums or tongue, unusual lumps or bumps, and unexplained bleeding.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Limit alcohol consumption, quit smoking, and eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Self-examine: Gently feel your mouth for any lumps or bumps, and check for any changes in the colour or texture of your tissues.

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear! By scheduling regular dental check-ups and staying informed, you can play a proactive role in maintaining good oral health and catching any potential problems early on.
Remember, a healthy mouth is a happy mouth!

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