Mouth Cancer is an insidious disease, more than 7,500 people are diagnosed with it in the UK every year. However, by spreading awareness we can help lower this number, and help more people get an early diagnosis. Find out more about Mouth Cancer Action Month, and what you can do to help below.
Mouth Cancer Action Month
Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign, with the aim to raise awareness of risk factors and symptoms of mouth cancer, whilst also encouraging discussion with dental professionals. By doing this, more mouth cancers can be diagnosed at an earlier stage. The main message of Mouth Cancer Action Month is “If in doubt get checked out”.
You can help spread the word about Mouth Cancer Action Month in a number of ways. You can show support for the action month by wearing blue lips and taking a selfie, then sharing it on social media with the tag #bluelipselfie. Additionally, Blue Wednesday will be on Wednesday 16th of November. By wearing something blue, no matter how simple or bold, and then posting it on social media with the tag #mouthcanceraction you can help spread awareness.
The leading risk factors of mouth cancer are smoking, alcohol, diet, HPV and chewing or using smokeless tobacco. These risk factors have been shown to have a major part in contracting the disease; in fact, around 91% of all diagnoses are linked to these lifestyle choices. Mouth cancer is also strongly associated with age and gender, but it can affect anybody.
Diagnosing mouth cancer early can improve survival rates by 40%, a significant increase. Mouth cancer can be spotted by your dentist through a thorough mouth examination. However, by being mouth-aware you can spot the signs much earlier. Be aware of any changes in your mouth, check for ulcers which don’t heal in three weeks, any red and white patches and unusual lumps or swellings.
If you notice any of these signs, or if you have any concerns you should get in touch with your local Midlands Smile Centre as soon as possible. They can give you a diagnosis and warn you of any factors in your life that could be increasing your risk of mouth cancer. Please do visit our website and book a dental appointment with one of our dentists if you are concerned.
November Invisalign Offer
During November only, get free tooth whitening for yourself and a friend when you sign up for Invisalign treatment. Free consultations, diagnosis and X-rays for the Invisalign treatment are included in this offer.
Have you got all your Christmas presents sorted, or are you still searching for the right gift? How about the gift of a brighter smile?
Give both yourself and a friend a brighter smile, don’t miss out on this November only deal. Click here for more details.
Smile of the Week
Have you seen our smile of the week campaign? We're using social media to encourage people to smile more. Send us your best or favourite smile as a nomination for smile of the week, whether it’s your child’s, pet’s or your own smile.
We want to make everyone happy with a bright, infectious smile! You can find links to our social media pages at the bottom of this newsletter. Alternatively, find a dental treatment to give you your ideal smile.
Working at MSC
Read what our staff have to say about working at Midlands Smile Centres:
I have worked for MSC since I was 16, although I had a brief gap as I moved away. On my return I chose to come back to MSC.
I have always been made to feel welcome and valued as a member of staff. Bonus schemes and other incentives that are available also make staff want to strive to achieve more.
Katie - Administrative Assistant
Public Holiday Opening Hours
On Public Holidays the practices listed below can be contacted for emergency dental care. New and existing patients are able to make use of this extended service.
On Public Holidays the practice listed below can be contacted for emergency dental care.
Both new and existing patients are able to make use of this extended service.
|Date||Holiday||Practice||Opening times||Contact Number|
|24/12/17||Christmas Eve||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|25/12/17||Christmas Day||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|26/12/17||Boxing Day||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|31/12/17||New Year's Eve||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|01/01/18||New Year's Day||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
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