26 October 2018

To support November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, Wyndham House Dental Practice will be offering free mouth cancer examinations to anybody in Llantwit Major and the surrounding area who would like one.

The practice, based on Boverton Road, will be offering free oral health checks with mouth cancer examinations on 10 November from 9am until 1pm, in order to give back to their local community and make everyone in the area aware of mouth cancer and the importance of regular check-ups in protecting against this life-threatening disease.

Simon Hill from Wyndham House Dental Practice said of the initiative: “Mouth cancer does not have the public awareness that other forms of cancer do, yet shockingly it claims more lives every year than testicular and cervical cancer combined.  We need to change this.

“Through our initiative we want to spread awareness of mouth cancer, its causes, the signs and symptoms and the role your dentist can play in helping to catch the disease early enough to beat it.

“Simply call or email the practice anytime to book a slot on the 10th November for your free soft tissue examination which will check the whole mouth including the cheeks, lips, tongue and gums. Walk ins will be welcome on the day if we have slots available.

“We also look forward to welcoming the Mayor of Llantwit Major, Councillor Dr D Ellis, to our practice where we will also be hosting a raffle for anyone who attends.”

Prizes will include teeth whitening and an Oral Hygiene Hamper.

Organised by the Oral Health Foundation, Mouth Cancer Action Month is aiming to reduce the amount of lives lost to mouth cancer by ensuring we are all aware of the symptoms and causes of the disease.

Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE added: “We are thankful for the support of Wyndham House Dental Practice. Mouth Cancer Action Month relies on the support of the dental industry and with their support we will save lives.

“Mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases up by almost 40 per cent in the last decade alone. Public awareness remains vital to combatting the disease and through us all being ‘Mouthaware’ and spotting mouth cancer early enough, we are giving everyone the best possible chance to be successfully treated and have a good quality of life.

“I would advise everybody in the local area to take Wyndham House Dental Practice up on this opportunity.  Survival rates for those with mouth cancer have not improved in the last 20 years and examination initiatives like this can make a real difference.”

Last year in the UK around 7,800 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer while the disease claimed more lives than cervical and testicular cancer combined.

Look out for mouth ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth, and unusual lumps or swellings. If you notice any of these, please make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

As well as the serious message of mouth cancer awareness the morning also has a fun community element, with our Dentist Simon Hill “taking one for the team” and offering everyone a chance to get their own back on Dentist’s as he will be in the stocks facing the wet sponge for a donation to the charity.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available free of charge along with information and a Dentist available to answer any oral health related questions.

Wyndham House Dental Practice says, “If in doubt, get checked out”.

So, don’t be tight lipped, go blue lipped at Wyndham House Dental Practice and be mouth cancer aware.

To book your free mouth cancer check contact the clinic directly on 01446 795240 or email on [email protected]al.com