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Dentists ‘pleased’ by new mouth cancer treatment


A breakthrough in mouth cancer treatment may save lives.Cosmetic dentistry could be the only medical care needed by mouth cancer sufferers as a new breakthrough in technology has been announced.

Scientists have used an engineered form of the herpes virus to provide relief to patients and found that it causes tumours to shrink.

Further trials will now be carried out to prevent more people from succumbing to the condition, which has a higher mortality rate than cervical and testicular cancers combined.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, one person dies from mouth cancer every five hours and chief executive Dr Nigel Carter said it was important that the public were informed about disease.

“This study is very positive news. Mouth cancer is a devastating disease and an increasing number of people are being affected,” he added, explaining that early diagnosis increases survival rates from five in ten to nine in ten people.

Dr Carter advised anyone who thinks they may have mouth cancer to see a dentist as a matter of urgency.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800014336-ADNFCR

Smokers ‘may lose teeth’


Smokers 'may lose teeth'Smokers have been reminded by specialists that nicotine not only causes damage to the lungs, but could also cause tooth loss and result in the need for emergency dentistry.

Experts writing for the dental health magazine WorlDental have warned that bad breath and discolouration of teeth are not the only negative outcomes of smoking, but there can also be more serious implications.

They explained that teeth and gums can become diseased, due to tobacco reducing the blood flow, causing thinning and weakening to the roots, thus allowing bacteria to penetrate easier and cause infections.

In the more extreme cases it was suggested that people could lose their teeth or develop mouth cancer if they smoke regularly.

People were also encouraged by the magazine to look out for red, shiny gums or sensitivity and bleeding as these could be signs of gum disease, which is the main cause of tooth loss in adults.

Public ‘need to be more aware’ of mouth cancer


Public 'need to be more aware' of mouth cancerPublic awareness of mouth cancer has been criticised as “too low” by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), which found that 90 per cent of sufferers surveyed failed to seek immediate treatment for symptoms.

Despite being aware of the disease, many said they were unaware that their problems could be mouth cancer and delayed visiting a healthcare professional, instead self-medicating with over-the-counter products.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: “An awareness of the risk factors and symptom recognition by the public is a critical issue in determining survival rates, as early detection greatly improves the chances of survival.”

He encouraged the public to be aware that any abnormalities or discomfort that persists for more than three weeks should be assessed by a dental professional.

Cancer Research UK lists smoking tobacco and drinking large quantities of alcohol as two of the key causes of mouth cancer, with approximately 5,300 people diagnosed with the disease each year.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19822639-ADNFCR

Brits urged to visit dentists to check for mouth cancer


Mouth cancer check-ups recommended.

People across the UK have been urged to visit their dentist regularly in order to screen against mouth cancer.

The Hartlepool Mail reported that NHS Hartlepool is inviting individuals who are at a higher risk – men over 50 – to get free check-ups at the organisation’s mobile dentistry unit in April.

The publication stated: “Oral cancer kills more than 5,000 people annually. Smokers, drinkers and men over 50 are most at risk.”

Furthermore, NHS Hartlepool revealed that incident rates have been rising in recent years for mouth cancer sufferers.

Elsewhere, the Mal Hutton CHANCE (Campaign For Head and Neck Cancer Education) Fund recently echoed this sentiment and suggested Brits worried about their general health should head to their local dentist’s office to have a check-up.

Wigan Today reported that dental professionals will routinely check for this disease and it can be a good way to spot the early signs of cancer development.

Athletes screened for mouth cancer


Mouth cancer is being targeted by the 70-strong emergency dentistry team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, who are encouraging athletes to apply sunscreen to their mouths.

The unique nature of the elements to which alpine athletes are exposed could see their need for emergency dentistry increased, with the high levels of ultraviolet light that they encounter raising their risk of developing oral cancers. mouth cancer

At the present Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, more athletes than ever are being examined to determine whether they exhibit any symptoms of mouth cancer.

More than 70 experts are on hand to provide emergency dentistry services to the athletes who need them, as well as planning to screen 800 participants for signs of mouth cancer.

This is an increase of 100 per cent over the number who were screened at the previous Winter Olympics in 2006, reports

Among the measures recommended to help maintain good oral health, athletes are encouraged to apply sunscreen to their mouths to help resist the ultraviolet radiation at high altitudes.

German luge participant David Moeller recently had to seek emergency dentistry treatment after posing with his silver medal between his teeth at the request of the press.

His newly won gong chipped a corner off his tooth – which Moeller quickly had repaired to restore his smile for subsequent photo opportunities.

Poole residents ‘not registered’ with dentists


Almost a tenth of Poole residents are not registered with dentists.

One in five Poole residents have been revealed to not have regular check-ups with an emergency dentist, a new survey has shown. poole residents not registered

The Bournemouth Daily Echo reported that of the 233 people from the town who took part in a recent poll carried out by head and neck cancer support charity About Face, 8.5 per cent were not registered with a dentist, while nine per cent were but did not go regularly.

“As in all cancers, early detection of mouth cancers can dramatically improve a patient’s chances … A good dentist looks out for so much more than just how pearly white your teeth are,” commented About Face chief executive Ian Catley.

Elsewhere, Dr Willie Hamilton, consultant senior lecturer of the Department of Community Based Medicine at the University of Bristol, recently said failure to detect mouth cancer in its early stages is one of the major contributory factors to the deaths of more than 5,000 people every year.

He added that the introduction of cancer screening could be instrumental in saving lives in the future.

Dentists ‘help tackle alcohol abuse’


Dentists in Scotland are being employed to help reduce the country’s burgeoning levels of alcohol abuse, it has been revealed.

Dr Christine Goodall, a senior clinical lecturer in oral surgery, said giving people advice on the dangers to their oral health posed by excessive drinking could help to reduce abuse rates.

She commented: "At the moment, you go to the dentist and you get asked about how much sugar you are eating and quite a lot of dentists do smoking cessation advice as that has a big association with oral cancer. This is the next step."

Elsewhere, Canadian newspaper the Vancouver Sun recently reported that making an appointment to visit a dentist on a regular basis could be the first line of defence against mouth cancer.

The publication noted that oral health professionals are trained to note any problems at an early stage and could prove invaluable in helping to reduce mouth cancer rates.

Cumbrian dentist ‘offering free check-ups’


Emergency dentists at Ghyllmount Dental Practice in Cumbria are offering free check-ups for patients throughout November in support of Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Local newspaper the News & Star reported awareness needs to be raised for mouth cancer across the UK and one dentist’s office in Cumbria is offering free oral health check-ups to do just that.

Rachel Gibson, a dentist from Ghyllmount Dental Practice, told the paper: "As oral healthcare professionals we are keen to highlight that if in any doubt at all about white or red patches in the mouth … then please see your dentist without delay."

Elsewhere, Canadian newspaper the Vancouver Sun recently advised that dentists should be regarded as the first line of defence against mouth cancer.

The publication reported that anyone worried about the disease should make an appointment with a dental health professional to get a check-up in order to allay their fears.

Dentists ‘first line of defence’ against mouth cancer


Britons worried about the prospect of oral cancer have been advised that visiting their emergency dentist should be their first port of call to allay such fears.

Canadian newspaper the Vancouver Sun reported that anyone worried about this disease should always book an appointment with their dentist, who would be able to pick up on the early signs of the development of mouth cancer.

"People who smoke are at high risk for oral cancer, but so are those who consume large amounts of alcohol. People who are both heavy smokers and drinkers have 18 times the risk of developing oral cancer," commented Dr Seema Ganatra, an oral pathologist who teaches at the University of Alberta.

Elsewhere, a dentist’s surgery in Weston-super-Mare is offering free mouth cancer screenings at a number of sessions through November as part of Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Twenty 2 Dental on Milton Road is offering the free service, while those looking for a screening do not have to be a member of the surgery on a full-time basis.

Cigarette machine ban ‘good news for oral health’


emergency dentistThe introduction of a ban on cigarette machines has been heralded as a boost to oral health in the UK by the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF).

Members of Parliament recently voted to instigate a ban on the machines in the hope it will help to reduce the likelihood of children gaining access to cigarettes, as well as discouraging those who already smoke.

In addition, the BDHF noted a reduction in smoking levels would have a positive impact on mouth cancer rates in the UK, as recent research revealed there is one death every five hours attributed to this disease.

Meanwhile, a dentist in Weston-super-Mare is offering free mouth cancer screenings to patients in November as part of Mouth Cancer Awareness Month.

Twenty 2 Dental, on Milton Road, noted anyone wishing to have a check-up can come along for a free screening – and they do not have to a registered patient at the clinic.

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