It’s common knowledge that dental check-ups should take place regularly, with most people visiting their dentists twice a year. As a dentist in Banbury, we have been serving the local Oxfordshire community for many years, inviting patients to come in and have routine check ups with us on a frequent basis.
Of course, your dentist will check for tooth decay and gum disease, and they will be able to monitor any signs of deterioration and plan for future dental treatment. However, it is also important to check for other medical conditions during a general oral examination – for instance, conditions such as sleep apnoea, heart disease and even oral cancer. Patients with diabetes, for instance, are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, with the bone and gums prone to deterioration.
At 41 South Bar, we check for signs of these conditions during our examinations. It is important for our patients to recognise and understand how poor dental hygiene can increase your chances of developing certain illnesses or diseases.
Research from the Oral Health Foundation indicates that cases of mouth cancer in the UK have risen by 39% in the last decade, emphasising the need to detect early warning signs and symptoms.
The charity cites that one in five people said that they would be unlikely to visit a dentist or doctor if they had a mouth ulcer that lasted more than three weeks.
The Foundation also found that many did not realise that smoking and drinking alcohol to excess were major causes of mouth cancer, and 81% of people had no idea that HPV was a major cause of the disease. For these reasons, it is important to educate yourself about the risks and causes and to visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Many of us are unable to recognise the signs, symptoms and causes of diseases such as mouth cancer, and therefore, are unaware of any changes taking place in the mouth. It is important that we are all mouth-aware, as it can affect anyone.
Early diagnosis of such diseases can help to save lives – beating a person’s chances of surviving oral cancer from 50% to 90%. As leading Banbury dentists, we are well positioned to give expert advice and information on all things dental.
Your dentists should be the first port of call if you notice any changes or disturbances in our mouth. We begin by visually examining the area for signs of mouth cancer during your routine dental check-up, and we implore patients to come to us if they notice anything different or concerning, as soon as possible.
We can also help you to self-examine your mouth, teeth and gums at home, providing you with preventative measures, and all the information you need to recognise the sign and symptoms. If you would like to arrange a check-up, or speak to a leading dentist in Banbury, please get in touch with 41 South Bar today.
You can call us on 01295 262008, or drop us a line at info(at)41southbar.com. Alternatively, fill out our online request form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.