There are more than 300 cases of cancer of the mouth (oral cavity and pharynx) reported in Ireland every year. These cancers are more common in men than in women. Regular consumption of alcohol and smoking are two of the main cause of mouth cancer. A long-term white or red patch in the mouth or on the tongue, or an ulcer that has not healed after two weeks are suspicious and should be checked by a dentist.
At Renmore Dental, as part of every examination your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of mouth cancer. The screening will consist of a visual inspection of the mouth and neck. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily. Smoking cessation and reduction in alcohol consumption are crucial to reduce risk of developing mouth cancer.