Mouth Cancer Action Month November 2017
Mouth Cancer Action Month
November is Mouth Cancer Action Month – a time when we aim to raise awareness of the disease. If you haven’t heard of mouth cancer, you’re not alone – but it’s a condition that’s on the rise right now, having increased by a third in the past decade and predicted to increase further. If not treated quickly, mouth cancer causes sufferers to lose the ability to eat and speak, along with facial disfigurement and loss of teeth or tongue structure. At Binley Woods, we routinely screen for mouth cancer during routine check-ups – it’s a small job that could help you avoid a disease with devastating effects.
What to look out for
See your dentist immediately if…
• You have a mouth ulcer that doesn’t heal after three weeks
• You notice red or white patches in your mouth
• You notice lumps anywhere in the head and neck region
• You have difficulty opening your jaw or moving your tongue
How to reduce your risk
• Regular check-ups with your dentist are the best way to mitigate against mouth cancer – early detection is crucial to recovery
• Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco, and limit your alcohol intake
• Protect your lips with sunscreen
• Eat a balanced diet, rich in iron and vitamins – talk to our hygiene team for tips on nutrition
• Check your own mouth regularly for changes
For more information, visit http://www.mouthcancer.org/. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of our experienced team – and if you’re overdue your examination, book one now!
Oral Health Awareness September 2017
10km Mouth Cancer Walk
We did it! The team had a great day in London completing the 10km Mouth Cancer Walk through Hyde Park in support of this year's chosen charity, the Mouth Cancer Foundation. The route took us through the park and luckily the weather was kind as it was a lovely autumn day. We received a goody bag, t-shirt and medal each. We raised £497.50, which we are thrilled with. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us; the donations are winging their way to the Mouth Cancer Foundation, where they will be put to great use.
The MCF helps support people affected with mouth cancer, along with their families. The disease can leave sufferers with life-long effects and patients may need help with re-learning speech and coping with eating. Unfortunately, mouth cancer's on the increase, but early detection increases chances of survival – that's why we check your mouth at your routine dental examinations and encourage regular dental visits. Look out for Mouth Cancer Action Month in November, we'll be sharing more advice then.
Thanks again to everyone who sponsored us!
Health Education June 2017
Clifford Bridge Academy Oral Health Education for Year 2 Students
As part of National Smile Month, our dental hygienist, Neelam, and our treatment coordinator, Alison, went into primary schools to promote oral health education, encouraging them to adopt healthy oral health habits and enabling them to make healthy decisions and adopt healthy lifestyles. It is during childhood that oral health behaviours develop, so this is the key time to educate children on reducing their risk of tooth decay.
Neelam and Alison taught Year 2 children how to brush their teeth and adopt healthy dietary habits. The children were very interactive and enjoyed this fun session and they also got a chance to demonstrate correct tooth brushing to their class.
Smile Bright Kids Open Day June 2017
Smile Bright Kids Open Day on Friday 2nd June 2017
from 2pm – 5pm
Binley Woods Dentistry are opening our doors to children and their parents! A fun afternoon of face painting, oral health education, tooth brushing demonstrations, dietary advice, free goody bags, tooth friendly snacks and even a guest appearance from Peppa Pig! Join us!
National Smile Month May 2017
National Smile Month – Mirror of Smiles
As Part of National Smile Month, the staff have been encouraging patients to cover their mirrors with sticky notes about what makes them smile. Our mirror is full of lovely comments from our patients!