Mouth Cancer Kills More Than Testicular Cancer

When we hear the phrase ‘cancer awareness’ our brains usually go to adverts reminding us to check our testicles and breasts. Whilst those two versions of cancer most certainly need awareness, there is a prevalent and lethal form of cancer which we regularly ignore. Why this happens is rather transparent, breast cancer and testicular cancer are both insulated with flawless marketing campaigns. For us, it feels rather sordid for people to risk death due to poor marketing, so we’re taking time today to highlight the importance of mouth cancer awareness.

Mouth cancer, arguably the least popular member of the cancer family, is also perhaps the meanest. But as said earlier, it isn’t the sadistic tendencies of these cancers that get them noticed, it’s the adverts. Which is a rather harrowing fact, but nonetheless expected in our advert-driven culture.

Today we’re listing the stats and facts of mouth cancer, the causes, and also showing a couple of posters which illustrate the symptoms and how to check for mouth cancer.

One in seven have mouth cancer

That’s right, one in seven. Stifling, isn’t it? On a football pitch, with people of all ages, per average, there should be three people suffering from mouth cancer. Which would make very bad colour commentary, but really does illustrate how omnipresent the disease is.

Someone is diagnosed with mouth cancer every 69 minutes

In that conceptual game of football, where 3 players are already suffering from mouth cancer – within the stats of this disease – it’s totally feasible to say that another player will be diagnosed in the 54th minute (taking 15 minutes away for halftime).

Whilst it would be the most unorthodox, harrowing football game in the history of time, it’s totally possible. Thus the need to take this form of cancer very seriously.

The rate of which diagnosis has increased in the last decade is ⅓

The disease is getting more coverage, and yet 21% of the population still state they aren’t aware of mouth cancer. Say this hypothetical football match took place at Manchester United’s Old Trafford and the game achieved Man United’s average attendance (75,290), 15,810 people wouldn’t have any knowledge about the on-pitch commotion.

These football hypotheticals may seem playful when they’re regarding a far-from-playful notion, but we’re simply utilising them to illustrate the starkness of this disease, and in turn, our ignorance of it.

Mouth cancer – in the UK – takes more lives than testicular and cervical cancer combined

As we said, sadistic. This form of cancer takes no prisoners, but this stat is perhaps only this high as the awareness of the cancer is so low. People don’t know how to check for it. People don’t know the causes. People don’t know the symptoms. People quite simply don’t know, and that is the biggest worry.


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There is a possibility of mouth cancer affecting everyone, but there are a few lifestyle choices which heighten your chance of infection. You are more likely to get mouth cancer if you:


  • Smoke: tobacco changes the countenance of saliva, resultantly making your mouth a stewing pot for mouth cancer. The cancer is implored to develop and grow due to the making of your cells cancerous.
  • Drink alcohol: more than a third of male cases are linked to excessive alcohol consumption. A fifth of female cases are related to the same issue. If you heavily drink and smoke, which unfortunately a large amount of our country do, you are 35 times more likely to get mouth cancer. 35!
  • Have contracted HPV: whilst HPV isn’t a lifestyle choice, the disease has a strong correlation with mouth cancer. Experts have suggested that HPV can rival smoking and drinking as a main
    cause. Stay protected.
  • Aren’t eating as well as you could: people who eat a healthy diet revolving around fruit and vegetables have significantly less chance of contracting mouth cancer. Eat well, be healthy. Simple.
  • Chew tobacco: there is a myth that chewing tobacco is healthier than smoking. This isn’t true. It, in fact, is much, much worse. Chewing tobacco is far from natural; it has been known to be made with slaked lime, flavourings, and sweeteners. This isn’t good for mouth cancer prevention.

Mouth cancer is only predicted to grow. Which – paired with all the aforementioned information – should be enough for us to take a stand against mouth cancer. We need to spread awareness of the disease and increase knowledge on how to check for it. You can make sure you’re safe with regular dental treatments.

At Widcombe Dental Practice we’re purely interested in the oral wellbeing of our customers. If our article today has nerved you in any way, come in for a check-up. We’ll soothe your qualms with a quick survey of your mouth. Contact us now to book your appointment (01225 317 681)


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Bath Dental Clinic Offers Invisalign Treatment

Is your smile not how you want it to be? Have you spent years shying away from smiling at 100%? Particularly during pictures? It doesn’t have to be that way. In this day and age, we can fix almost anything we believe to be imperfect about ourselves – this includes our smile. But how? Well, how about invisalign treatment?

Invisalign are teeth-straightening aligners that can solve a multitude of issues, including an underbite, crossbite, and overcrowding of the mouth. With transparent fixtures, it’s almost impossible to see this magic at work, meaning that you can continue with your day to day life with no complex or worries..

A new, gleaming smile can afford you a wealth of confidence. As experts in dental care, we list a few places that this newly-formed confidence could take you:

A promotion?

You wake up in the morning, clean your teeth, and show off that 1000 kilowatt smile to you, yourself, and no one else. It fills you to the brim with confidence. You’re laughing more, speaking to an increasing amount of people, attacking work-related issues with bravado – all because of your new smile. There’s no denying that this could lead to a new promotion.

New Sparks

Perhaps you’re in the queue waiting for your morning coffee and listening to your favourite podcast, it makes you laugh – as it always does – resulting in you showing off those A-lister pearly whites. You catch an eye, or two. You spark up a conversation. You go on a date. No one knows what could come next.

A happier you

Not everything is Hollywood. This new smile doesn’t need to result in anything grand or life-altering. Perhaps all you want this smile to do is simply afford a happier you. And that’s what it will do. Make you happier.


Invisalign have revolutionized smiles around the world. People can now sort their smile, at any age, without fears of looking like the cliche nerd in an 80s teen drama – a very common fear when it comes to teeth straightening. And this is all possible to right here with our friendly team in Bath.

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At Widcombe Dental, our goal is to make you smile and for that smile to blow us away. Invisalign treatment is just one of our ways of doing this.

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What are the Primary Causes of Wrinkles and How Can You Minimise Them?

Woman inspecting her face in front of a mirrorWrinkles are a normal part of ageing. As we grow older fine lines appear on our forehead, at the corners of our eyes, on the edges of our mouth and even on our necks. Some people, however, get them earlier than others do. Men and women usually see the first signs of ageing at 35, but there are those who get fine lines at the age of 20.

Ageing may be inevitable but, according to dermatologist Robin Ashinoff, MD, today’s information and technologies on facial aesthetics allow patients to achieve more youthful-looking skin.

Primary Causes of Wrinkles

Here are some of the most common causes of premature wrinkle formation:

  • Lack of Moisture

Our skin carries natural moisture content that keeps our skin fresh and supple. Every day, we lose water from our skin when we perspire and when we forget to moisturise. When you suffer from extreme dryness, your skin will start to flake and form unwanted lines. Leaving your skin dehydrated will allow more wrinkles to form on the surface, causing you to age faster.

  • Harmful Sun Exposure

While a healthy dose of vitamin D is great for your body, prolonged exposure to the sun without protection from sunscreen may cause more harm than good. When UV rays penetrate into the surface of your skin, this causes damage and encourages the development of fine lines.

  • Your Genes

Sometimes, you’re born with it. Your family may have a long history of premature wrinkles; this may mean you are likely to contract the same condition as well.

  • Facial Muscle Contractions

We involuntarily make facial expressions when we speak to other people or when we laugh at jokes. These, however, may make wrinkles more prominent.

  • Smoking Cigarettes

More and more studies are confirming that smoking cigarettes does, indeed, speed up the ageing process of the skin. According to a study at the Twin Research Unit at St. Thomas Hospital in London, the sibling who smoked had thinner and more wrinkled skin than their non-smoker twin.

  • Not Enough Sleep

Depriving yourself of sleep has several negative effects on your health, and one of them is making your skin worse. When you don’t get the sleep that you need, your body releases an excess of a hormone called cortisol, one that is known to break down skin cells.

Treatments that Improve and Repair Your Skin Concerns

Widcombe Dental Practice understands the need to bring back youthfulness to your skin. Our treatments are designed to help our patients address those problems.

Botox is a popular treatment among celebrities. Facial aesthetics practitioners inject a special solution into the skin to reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines while enhancing the appearance of your skin.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, is similar to Botox but is more focused on the cheeks rather than the eyes and laugh lines. Once a specialist applies the gel, the results are almost instant.

Widcombe Dental Practice is a private dentist in Bath that also specialises in facial aesthetics services. For more information about our services, browse through our website or call us now on 01225 807 732 to schedule an appointment.

What Happens if You Do Not Replace Your Tooth?

Man smiling front bottom part tooth missingThere are some people (but admittedly, not many) who think that a missing tooth is nothing to worry about. You have other teeth after all – beyond the obvious cosmetic issue, a single missing tooth usually should not bother people too much.

Unfortunately, a missing tooth does have a significant impact on your life. In the UK, over 27 million adults are missing at least one tooth. On average, many are missing at least four, with the majority of them in the older age group of 65 years and above.

The primary cause for tooth loss is periodontitis, though accidental tooth loss is common too.

Here is what happens if you do not replace a missing tooth:

You May Feel Less Confident

For many people, a missing tooth can greatly affect their self-esteem. They are more likely to avoid social situations. Others report that missing teeth have actually stopped them from finding a job or finding love.

One study shows that about 3% of people report feelings of depression because of missing teeth, with 15% of them saying that it makes them feel self-conscious.

Since your teeth are so central to your appearance, missing teeth can adversely affect how you carry yourself during your day-to-day life.

You May Experience Bone Loss

Another big problem is bone loss, which is also called bone resorption. During bone resorption, the area where the tooth used to be, starts to shrink and become thinner — this is because there is no tooth to signal to the body that the area is in need of calcium.

One of the reasons why bone loss is a problem is that it affects your other teeth as well. Reduced bone mass could affect the healthy teeth around you, leading to even more tooth loss.

It May Affect Your Nutrition

Missing teeth can also affect your ability to eat varied food. This is especially true if you are missing one of the molars, whose primary function is to help you chew your food.

Nutritionally dense food such as fruit and vegetables are often quite fibrous — you need your teeth to be able to chew them properly. Since chewing is a difficulty if you have missing teeth, you may end up eating less of these healthy, nutritious foods.

It May Reduce Your Ability to Speak

Missing teeth may also reduce your ability to speak clearly. Your teeth play a crucial role in being able to enunciate certain sounds. The letters ‘T’, ‘S’, and ‘V’ are just some of the letters that require the use of teeth to be able to pronounce them.

This is one of the main reasons why people who are not wearing their dentures have a difficult time speaking clearly.

Missing teeth, undoubtedly have a major effect on our lives — It is why we encourage people to get dental implants and to visit our Bath practice. An implant is currently the closest thing to having a real tooth and is a viable alternative to dentures.

If you want to learn more about dental implants, contact Widcombe Dental Practice today and set your appointment.