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Dentists have an important role to play in detecting oral health problems early. At Arden House Dental we take this role very seriously. Research shows that mouth cancer is one of the top concerns when it comes to dental health but it is rarely talked about.
Most people who come to see us quite rightly assume that we will check the health of their teeth and gums at our consultation. What many people won’t know is that we also check for the early signs and symptoms of mouth cancer. People are often concerned about white patches, mouth ulcers that don’t seem to heal or lumps and bumps.
As part of each consultation process, our dentists do visual checks for anything that might be a concern but to help us check this aspect of people’s health, Arden House Dental have invested in the latest screening system called a Velscope. It uses a harmless fluorescent light to detect tissue changes that might not be visible to the naked eye. Using the Velscope we can pick up any change earlier and as with all things, the earlier we spot the early signs of mouth cancer, the easier they are to treat; for the vast majority of people we are pleased to say that there is never anything to report.
If we do however think that you would benefit from a more specialist examination then we can quickly refer you to Cheltenham General or Gloucester hospital. We are also have the unique ability to refer you to see Mr Jerry Farrier, a local Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, right here at Arden House, where he can give you his professional opinion, take a small biopsy if appropriate or just monitor and review any concerns. Having a specialist on site, really does offer you expert care and can quickly give you the reassurance that you need and organise the treatment deemed appropriate.