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Mouth Cancer Screening

Mouth cancer appears in different forms - it can affect all parts of the mouth, whether people have their own teeth or not. If any ulcer in the mouth hasn’t healed after two weeks you should see a dentist immediately.

  • Will find any cases of mouth cancer quickly
  • The quicker the cancer is found the easier it is to treat
  • Regular dental examinations keep your mouth healthy

Can Cancer of the Mouth Kill?
Yes. Mouth cancer causes literally thousands of deaths each year, and, what’s more, the number of people who get cancer in the mouth is increasing.
Cancer can affect all parts of the body. Most people have heard about lung cancer, breast cancer and bone cancer, but you may be surprised to know that in this country nearly 2,000 people die from mouth cancer each year. The figure is rising, probably because people are drinking and smoking more. The mouth is simple to inspect, so it is easy to find the cancer early and have it treated and cured. The main problem is that people don’t visit their dentist for a regular check-up.
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Neeraj Puri
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During a Screening Test

While giving you your mouth cancer screening, your dentist will likely take a look at all of the parts of your mouth, such as:

  • Inside and outside your lips
  • Your gums
  • The insides of your cheeks
  • All of your tongue (sides and underneath)
  • Back of your throat
  • Roof of your mouth

You’ll have to take out any dentures you might wear so your dentist can check beneath them.


Can it be cured?

If mouth cancer is detected early then the chances of a complete cure are very good. The smaller the ulcer, the better the chances of a cure. Unfortunately, too many people come forward too late.

What if I have dentures?

You should still have a dental examination every year or as often as recommended. A dental check-up does not cover just teeth, but also the cheeks, tongue and gums.

Will it hurt to have my mouth checked?

No, the examination is carried out using a light, mirrors and gentle touching with fingers.

Does anything make mouth cancer more likely?

Mouth cancer can affect anyone, but smoking greatly increases your risk. Heavy drinking is also a risk. If you do both your chances of getting mouth cancer are greater.

How can I make sure that my mouth is healthy?

Regular dental health reviews at least once a year. This is especially important if you smoke and drink, even more so if you are over 40 years old. If you should see a white or red patch or painless ulcer in your mouth, contact the practice for an appointment right away.

Barry Dunford, Perthshire (2015)

I was looking for a holistic dentist who could offer a metal free implant, i.e. a zirconium implant. As a result of Neeraj Puri using laser technology during the treatment I found that there was almost no swelling and very little pain immediately after the dental surgery. After having had dental work over a number of years with other dentists, I can honestly say that Neeraj’s advice and technical ability is second to none. As a result, I now have a metal free zirconium implant which is functioning perfectly and has fully integrated into my jaw just like a natural tooth.

Not been to the dentist for a while?
Many people avoid visiting the dentist for as long as possible due to their fear - which may have stemmed from previous issues at a dentist’s office.

We spend lots of time and effort making sure our patients feel comfortable and build trust with us, as we want you to enjoy coming to the dentist as much as possible. Call us today to find out more 0131 225 9093.

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Trusted Technology we use at Integrated Dental

Our use of lasers puts us at the forefront of futuristic dentistry, as we offer an experience that has minimal discomfort and faster healing.

Our selection of lasers include our state of the art Waterlaser, a low level laser therapy (LLLT) laser, a soft tissue laser and a diagnostic laser.

Proving much safer than typical drills and with the chance to be more affordable than standard fees, our laser technology is helping us enter the future of dental surgery.

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