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Oral Cancer Screening

  • Sadly around 1,600 people die of mouth cancer every year.
  • The rate of oral cancer is growing.
  • The biggest growth in oral cancer is among non-smokers, and the main cause is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
  • When oral cancer is discovered early, the survival rate is very high. However, when it is discovered too late (which is normally the case), the survival rate is very low.
  • Health experts recommend that all adults receive annual oral cancer screenings.
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Due to this risk to your health, our practice has recently invested in a state-of-the-art VELscope® system. As part of our conventional oral cancer examination, it can help us discover potentially dangerous tissue that we might otherwise miss. It is likely that we won’t find anything that concerns us, but if we do the VELscope® device will increase our odds of finding it early rather than late.

An oral cancer examination with a VELscope® screening takes very little time and involves no pain or inconvenience.

To find out more about Oral Screening or to arrange an initial consultation call us on 029 2084 3658 or contact us today using our online enquiry form.

To all our patients

Following an announcement by the Chief Dental Officer for Wales, we are delighted to inform you that we will be seeing patients again on July 2nd.

We hope that you and your family are well. The whole country has been through a lot over the last few months and we all look forward to returning to normality. Whilst somethings have changed, one thing remains constant; our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been of prime importance at the White’s Dental Centre as you will have seen during your appointments over the years. Our infection control processes are designed so that your dental care is safe and comfortable. We are writing to tell you about some of the procedures we have in place at the moment to ensure you receive the highest quality care.

As always, our practice conforms to all the regulations and guidelines published by the official healthcare bodies in Wales.

You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made those changes to protect you and ourselves. For example:

We will phone you before your appointment to ask some screening questions You will be asked again at your appointment On arrival please wait in the porch or your car and phone us We will invite you in and take you straight up to the surgery Please allow for social distancing Attend alone if possible Please limit belongings such as bags and coats Please wear a mask to the practice Please use the sanitizer after entering We have temporarily removed magazines and suspended the complimentary coffee facility Our toilets are for urgent use only We must stress that these are temporary measures to help keep us all safe.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We thank you for your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing you soon.

With very best wishes,

Matthew and Pamela White and all our staff.

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