Mouth cancer screening

Part of your examination is a screening of tissue for any signs of changes. This is the most important tool to notice and react to any cancers of the head and neck as early as possible and with visual inspection of the head and neck and inside the mouth this covers more than simply “mouth cancer”. The outcome of management is directly linked to how early it is managed and as such we are ideally positioned to screen for this.

Is this the right treatment for you?

Everyone should have a mouth cancer screening every year, as recommended by the World Health Organisation. This means infrequent attendance for examination may mean missing potentially serious problems.

Good to know

By seeing clients twice yearly for examinations we can notice any suspicious changes at an early stage and refer appropriately for further investigation and management.

You're in good hands

At Integrated Dentalcare we pride ourselves on an extremely thorough examination process which is carried out with visual inspection of hard and soft tissues, feeling of these tissues, appropriate xrays if indicated, thorough verbal history and often photography to monitor. You can be certain that we are not doing “a quick check” but a thorough, in-depth examination of all appropriate tissues at every examination.

Patricia Farrell

Senior Nurse

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Sara Orlova

Trainee Nurse

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Assistant Manager

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The procedure
  • During your examination you may not even be aware that we are visually inspecting for cancer. Our thorough examination starts outside the mouth, looking at the head and neck for anything unusual, feeling tissues under the chin and inspection of the mouth and throat.
  • Should we see anything suspicious, we will document it thoroughly and refer onwards for investigation.
  • It is important not to be alarmed at this stage as not every unusual spot in the mouth is a cancer, and we are being careful in seeking specialist opinion on anything we cannot diagnose on first sight.

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What our clients say

Great dentist and great experience. Following my recent dental check I had to get some minor work done. Allan Matthews made me feel so comfortable. He explained everything fully and I felt at home and in safe hands.  It was clear that Allan truly cares about his patients. My treatment was carried out to a very high standard and I am delighted with the result. Always excellent service and friendly staff throughout the practice.

Neeraj and his team have been looking after the family and me for 24 years - and while the younger members of the family have now moved to another country they still come to the practice for their dental care. Very caring and careful and proactive in what they do. And they don't rush to an inappropriate conclusion but take time to assess difficult situations - "judicious inactivity". This is important when you only get one shot at something. We trust the practice.

I was visiting  from the US and broke a tooth.I was given Integrated Dentalcare as a referral from my travel insurance company. I saw Christine Morrell, the dentist,  and was very pleased with the service they provided. They saw me the same morning I called and were very professional and friendly. The receptionist was very cordial and welcoming. I would highly recommend this office for any dental needs you might have while in Edinburgh.

People at Integrated Dentalcare were extremely kind and professional. They solved a dental problem I carried on for several years and it was an (almost) painless process.They dealt with my "dentistphobia" and were very understanding.  It is unbelievable how much my quality of life has improved since my first visit a couple of months ago. Been picky, the only thing I don´t like is the warning in the receipts about charging you if you need to cancel at the last minute. Other than that, 10 points out of 10.

Delighted with the friendly and professional treatment I have received.  I can't thank my dentist  Christine enough for the time she has spent on my teeth.  Every stage of treatment explained fully with great understanding of what patient hopes end result will look like. You can tell Christine takes great pride in her work.  Well done!

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Your questions answered

What happens if I am referred?

Should the practice refer you for further opinion please do not worry. If something is spotted and we cannot identify it we often take the precaution to refer for specialist investigation and opinion, this does not mean it is automatically a cancer. Once the specialist has examined you and carried out any necessary investigation they will either speak to you directly or return a report to us to advise of their findings before any further steps are taken.

I’m concerned about something but I don’t want to waste anyone’s time if it’s nothing

Please never feel this way, it is so important that we can be there to assess and refer or reassure as appropriate. If you can take a good quality photo and forward it to us this can be one way we can pre-assess to see if we would want you to come in to the clinic for a physical examination.

Can I reduce my risk of oral cancer?

Yes, if you minimise risk factors as much as possible. One of the largest recognised risk factors is smoking, and seeking assistance to quit helps reduce risk. Dentists often notice skin cancers also, and being wary of overexposure to the sun or tanning beds without adequate protection is important.

Is there anything I can do at home to help spot cancer?

Yes, if you see anything unusual in your mouth that you have not noticed before or you notice something changing it may be appropriate to express these concerns to us and you may schedule an appointment outwith your usual examination. Self inspection of your mouth on a regular basis can help ensure you are familiar with your normal.

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