As regular patients of the practice know, we don't just give you a "check-up" for your teeth.
One of the first things we do is to screen for any unusual signs around the head and neck and in the mouth for oral cancer.
When I qualified in 1990, I was told to expect to see 1 oral cancer in my practicing lifetime. Unfortunately (or fortunately as the case may be) I have seen 8 in the last 27 years. I also suspected something unusual recently in relation to a regular patient whom I've been seeing for nearly 20 years. We had her fast-tracked for investigation and she sent in a lovely "Thank You" card and letter and agreed to let the content be shared:
"I didn't want to phone and disturb you when you are working but wanted to update you on the outcome of your discovery!!
As you know, I had the CT scan, ultrasound and biopsy.............I had half my thyroid gland with the tumour inside it removed.......brilliant news after what felt like a long and stressful wait. I am doing fine now and just getting life back to normal......I have a very neat scar but sure it will fade in time. I would like to thank you again for finding this horrible growth and assisting me in getting treatment as quickly as possible. I really am very grateful.
Having seen her recently, I can vouch for the fact that the scar is indeed fading fast! Excellent news all round!
Happy New Year to all our patients! Hope you've all had a great time over the festive period and are looking forward to a great 2017.
Take the opportunity to schedule an appointment for a full consultation so you can discuss anything that you want to do to brighten and improve your smile. Remember we also offer facial rejuvenation treatments, such as wrinkle reduction and fillers in a safe manner using high quality materials. This is provided in a hygienic environment that has been inspected and quality assured.
Look forward to seeing you soon!
New dental chair, quieter equipment and more comfortable padding as well as cabinets with Corian seam free worktops.
This will allow us to continue to provide, and improve, the kind of care both you and we at Complete Dentistry wish for. We are fitting a brand new dental chair with LED lighting, quieter equipment and more comfortable padding as well as cabinets with Corian seam free worktops to make the environment as easy to keep clean as possible.
All part of our ongoing push to improve the practice environment for our patients and team members.
Poor oral health and irregular dental checks can increase the risk of oral cancer, a new study has found.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer report also found excessive use of mouthwash - more than three times a day - can also increase risk.
Smoking, heavy drinking and "low socio-economic status" are established risk indicators of mouth and throat cancers. The study covered 1,962 cancer patients and a further 1,993 control subjects across nine countries in Europe.
The study was led by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Bremen, Germany, (Bips) and backed by researchers from Glasgow University Dental School.
Advice on the best way to brush teeth for adults and children is confusing and inconsistent, according to University College London researchers.
There is also a lack of agreement on how often to brush and for how long, they said, because of an absence of good research.
The researchers looked at advice given by dental associations, toothbrush companies and in dental textbooks.
But experts say there is no evidence that one method is better than another.