Mouth Cancer Screening Leeds

Mouth cancer screening is a vital component of preventive dental care at VICI Dental.


What Is Oral Cancer?

Mouth or oral cancer is a type of cancer that forms in the tissues of the mouth, including the lips, tongue, gums, and the inside lining of the cheeks and mouth. This type of cancer is often caused by smoking and drinking alcohol, infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), and exposure to sunlight.

Symptoms of mouth cancer can include sores that don't heal, lumps, trouble swallowing or chewing, numbness, white or red patches inside the mouth, bleeding, and persistent bad breath. If mouth cancer is found early, treatment can be successful.

Treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments. To help prevent mouth cancer, it is important to have regular dental check-ups with your dentist at VICI Dental, avoid smoking and excessive drinking, and maintain good oral hygiene habits.


What Can Cause Oral Cancer?

Mouth cancer can start in different parts of the mouth, The most common mouth cancer symptoms to look out for include:

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, please schedule an appointment to see your dentist at VICI Dental immediately.


What Happens During A Mouth Cancer Screening?

Mouth cancer screening is a vital component of preventive dental care at VICI Dental Leeds City Centre. During routine check-ups, our experienced dental professionals thoroughly examine the oral cavity for any signs of abnormalities, such as unusual lumps, lesions, or discolourations. Using advanced techniques and technology, including visual inspection and palpation, we aim to detect early-stage oral cancers or precancerous lesions. Early detection significantly increases treatment success rates and improves patient outcomes. Our commitment to regular screenings empowers patients to take proactive steps towards maintaining their oral health and overall well-being.

Schedule your appointment today for comprehensive dental care, including thorough mouth cancer screening.


Prevention Of Mouth Cancer

At VICI Dental we believe in the ethos that prevention is better than the cure, making some simple lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of mouth cancer:

Mouth Cancer Screening FAQs

During a mouth cancer screening, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of the inside of your mouth. Usually, they’re looking out for any tell-tale signs that there could be something wrong, which include:

  • Red or white patches
  • Mouth sores
  • Changes in texture
  • Checking the tongue for changes in colour, texture, symmetry and mobility

Unlike some types of cancer, oral cancer can be difficult to detect by yourself, especially when it’s in the early stages. It can develop in pretty much any part of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, the inner lining of the cheeks, gums, and hard or soft palate, which is why seeing a professional dentist for a mouth cancer screening is so important. 

Although the NHS will call patients in the UK for routine screenings, oral cancer screening is not part of this. There are currently no standard screening tests for this type of cancer, which is why it’s our job to explain just how important it is as part of your oral health.


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