Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We hope to be able to give you an insight in how we take care of our new patients.
At The Red House Dental Practice, our experienced dentists will take the time to listen to your needs carefully to establish your wishes and concerns before we commence examination.
We will carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and your gums as well as other surrounding tissues. Where necessary, we will take radiographs (X-ray’s) and intra-oral photos to aid our diagnosis.
We will then provide you with our diagnosis and discuss with you the various treatment options that are available. We will not pressure you towards any particular treatment but simply give you the choice for you to decide.
You will be provided with a full printed treatment plan with costing and we will discuss with you the likely time span for carrying out the treatment.
Early detection of oral (mouth) cancer
As part of your routine Red House dental examination, we check for any signs of mouth cancer.
What is mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer is a cancer that develops in any part of your mouth. This includes your tongue, your gums, your lips, the roof of your mouth, inside your cheeks, and under your tongue.
Why does it matter?
Mouth cancers result in a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma. Less than half of those people diagnosed with mouth cancer survive beyond 5 years of diagnosis. However the good news is that early detection transforms survival chances to more than 90%.
Am I at risk?
Anyone can get mouth cancer, but most people who do:
- Are over 40 years of age
- Use tobacco products
- Regularly drink alcohol
What are the signs?
The early signs of mouth cancer are
- A red or white patch that lasts for more than three weeks
- An ulcer that lasts for more than three weeks
- A lump or swelling that lasts for more than three weeks
- Discomfort or pain that lasts for more than three weeks
Many of these early signs can seem similar to normal problems that you get in your mouth. Normal problems clear up by themselves (usually within two to three weeks). When a problem lasts for more than three weeks, your mouth isn't healing properly and you should get checked out.
Come and talk to one of our dentists if you have any concerns.