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Helping to Raise Awareness of Mouth Cancer Action Month

posted November 10th, 2020

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  • Helping to Raise Awareness of Mouth Cancer Action Month

Organised by the Oral Health Foundation, the charity event is the UK’s largest campaign to promote understanding of mouth cancer. We are proud to help raise awareness of mouth cancer and we have rounded up how we support this great cause.

Every year, November is dedicated to Mouth Cancer Action Month. Organised by the Oral Health Foundation, the charity event is the UK’s largest campaign to promote understanding of mouth cancer. At Bite Dentistry, we are proud to help raise awareness of mouth cancer and we have rounded up how we support this great cause.

Supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month

Over the course of Mouth Cancer Action Month, we promote the message ‘if in doubt, get checked out’ at our practice and across our social channels. The aim of this message is to encourage all of our patients and the general public to be mouth aware, paying close attention to what’s going on inside the mouth.

The Blue Lip Selfie Campaign

The Blue Lip Selfie Campaign is an additional way for people to show their support by their personalised blue lip images online using #BlueLipSelfie. We always love to see your blue lip selfie submissions on our Facebook page.

Being Mouth Cancer Aware with Bite Dentistry

Mouth cancer can often be identified in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. At Bite Dentistry, we offer this as part of a routine dental checkup, helping our patients to spot the signs of mouth cancer in the early stages and providing peace of mind from a professional dental treatment.

Key Points to Being Mouth Aware

Understanding what is happening inside of your mouth and noticing any apparent changes are a great way of spotting mouth cancer in its initial stages. What is more, those that identify mouth cancer early are much more likely to overcome the illness. If you notice anything unusual or you are not sure about something, you should inform your doctor or dentist immediately. You can remain mouth aware by looking out for the following:

● Red or white patches

● Long lasting mouth ulcers

● Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth, lips, head and neck

The Common Causes of Mouth Cancer

Usually, the occurrence of mouth cancer can be directly linked to a person's lifestyle and this is most commonly due to smoking tobacco or excessive amounts of alcohol. In light of this, when smoking and drinking excessively is combined this rapidly increases the chances of being diagnosed with mouth cancer.

Reducing the Risk of Mouth Cancer

There are a number of ways to minimise the risk of mouth cancer including:

● Engaging in regular dental checkups and examinations

● Consistently looking after your mouth, teeth and gums on a daily basis

● Reducing or completely cutting out tobacco and smoking

● Drinking within the recommended units

● Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables

● Using sun protection for lips, particularly during the summer months

Remain Mouth Aware with Bite Dentistry

As part of our dental examinations we look out for any signs of mouth cancer that may be present so you can rest assured your mouth is healthy. Get in touch to schedule a dental examination or book an appointment with us online.

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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