Oral Cancer Dentist in Luton

Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis for anyone to hear and unfortunately, recent studies show that cases of oral cancer are on the rise, with thousands of people being diagnosed each year. However, early detection can greatly increase the chances of recovery which is why oral cancer screening is an essential part of preventative dentistry and something that is often recommended to patients based on their history, lifestyle and age.

At Marsh Farm Dental, our expert clinicians are experienced and highly trained in detecting the early signs of mouth cancer, helping to reassure you that everything is OK or to help refer you to the relevant specialists if treatment is needed.

About Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated. Given the rise in rates of all forms of cancer – particularly mouth cancer – early detection has never been more important in improving chances of a positive outcome.

Possible signs of oral cancer

Some of the symptoms that could be an indication of mouth cancer include:

  • Ulcers that fail to heal are the most common symptom, so if you have one that hasn’t healed after three weeks then definitely make an appointment to see your dentist
  • White or red patches anywhere in the mouth
  • Lumps on the tongue, lips, mouth, neck or throat
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness
  • Changes in your voice or speech
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • Feeling like something is caught in the throat

Some of these symptoms are rare and can be caused by other issues not related to cancer. However, if you have any concerns, then it is important to get them investigated immediately.

Risk factors for Oral Cancer

There are a number of risks and causes that increase your chances of getting oral cancer such as;

  • Smoking – Whether it’s cigarettes, pipes or cigars, those who smoke are 6 times more likely to develop oral cancer
  • Tobacco – Those who don’t smoke tobacco products but dip, snuff or chew them are 50 times more likely to develop mouth cancer, usually of the lips, cheeks and gums
  • Alcohol – Excessive consumption of alcohol means that ‘drinkers’ are at a greater risk of oral cancer which is increased even more when combined with tobacco use
  • Family History – A family history of oral cancers can increase the risk that you will be affected
  • Sun – Frequent sun exposure, especially at a young age can cause cancer of the lips
  • HPV – A specific type of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cancer in the back of the mouth and throat
  • Diet – There has been a proven link between not eating enough fruits and vegetables and oral cancer
  • Age – Not something that you can help or avoid but oral cancers are most commonly seen in those over 55
  • Gender – Men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than women which is put down to the fact that statistically more men smoke and consume alcohol than women do

Can a dentist diagnose Oral Cancer?

Dentists usually carry out oral cancer screening as part of a patient’s regular check-up in order to detect any irregularities or precancerous signs and maximise the chances of early detection and recovery.

In cases where patients come in due to symptoms that have been concerning them, our dentists can go through a thorough screening process to examine areas such as the tongue, lips, face, neck, head, gums, throat and mouth. If they do spot anything suspicious looking then this alone cannot diagnose oral cancer, but it often will result in referral to a specialist for further tests such as a biopsy, to help determine the official cause of the problem.

Peace of mind

If you are worried about your oral health, have concerns about specific symptoms you are experiencing or would simply like the peace of mind, then our oral cancer dentists in Bedfordshire are here to help.

Get in touch and one of our friendly, knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have and get you booked in for an oral cancer screening.

How do dentists check for oral cancer?

An examination will be carried out looking at and feeling certain areas and tissue including;

  • Head and neck – for lumps, bumps, tenderness or swelling
  • Lips – for colour changes, sores, changes in texture
  • Cheeks – for any white, red or dark patches, tenderness, ulcers or lumps
  • Roof of mouth – for lumps or changes in colour
  • Tongue – to see if there are any ulcers, swelling, or suspicious areas of unusual colour or texture
  • Floor of the mouth – for swelling, lumps, ulcers and colouring that is different

Dentists are trained to spot the early signs of cancer and can see areas inside the mouth that patients cannot, so regular dental check-ups with a qualified professional are always advised.

Am I at risk from mouth cancer?

There are a number of factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing oral cancer such as;

  • A family history of mouth cancer
  • Tobacco products whether they are smoked or chewed greatly increases a person’s chances of getting oral cancer
  • Drinking alcohol in excess can lead to an increased risk of developing mouth cancer, especially when combined with smoking
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to lip and skin cancer
  • Those over the age of 40 are more likely to develop it but younger people can get it too
  • Those who don’t eat a healthy, balanced diet are more at risk of oral cancer
How can I make sure that my mouth stays healthy?

There are a number of things that patients can do to help keep their bodies and mouths healthy and reduce their risk of developing oral cancer:

  • Visit the dentist regularly, even if you think your teeth are fine or you aren’t having any issues
  • Maintain good oral hygiene with proper and regular brushing and flossing
  • Check regularly for any changes in your mouth, and see a dentist immediately if you notice any ulcers or red or white patches that have not cleared up within three weeks
  • Always use suncream or a protective barrier balm with SPF on your lips when exposed to the sun
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet, rich in vitamins A, C and E

Stop or reduce smoking and alcohol consumption

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Sharon Jack
Sharon Jack
14:57 14 Feb 23
I would like to highly recommend this dentist.. Isis Ekpolomo made me really feel at ease and re assured me all through... my treatment for a crown...im yet to go back for a crown fitting and because she made me feel so at ease I don't feel so anxious going back as I did the first time as I suffer with dental anxiety. So thankyou.read more
catalina dascalu
catalina dascalu
13:05 03 Feb 23
Dr Jagsi is really friendly, kind and reassuring! Even my 2 year old loves coming to the Dentist!!He always take his... time to explain everything in detail. All the staff members are great and very Professional!! My fear of the Dentist is gone, all because of Them!read more
robert redwood
robert redwood
16:41 05 Jan 23
very good lady dentist,would like to recommend this dental practice. the lady dentist is very competent and has a good... way with patients, making you at ease.read more
Tabita Gutu
Tabita Gutu
14:10 07 Nov 22
I am extremely happy with the dental practice. The doctor is very patience, explains everything that I need and always... considers my safety in all treatments. First dentist practice that I come without any worries or stress.Definitely recommend to everyone needing dental care.read more
Ava Jewels
Ava Jewels
11:58 19 Oct 22
Such a lovely practice, and they always go the extra mile! I have visited a few times to see the hygienist Sintia, she... is so helpful and gives the best advice. Mandie and Linda have also been very helpful, friendly and welcoming. By far the best dentist practice I have experienced, would give 10 stars if I could ! :)read more
yve2diva
yve2diva
22:29 21 Sep 22
What a pleasant experience I had today at the surgery. Sounds too good to be true, right? The dentist being pleasant.... I saw my hygienist today and was exceptionally impressed with the results.I am one of those who do not like, enjoy any trips to dental surgeries, but my experience today was great.Linda on reception great customer service, friendly and engaging. Nurse Mandi certainly tried to calm me down and take onboard my fears. She was very caring on her nature.Finally, the hygienist Sintija great job. She started cleaning my teeth with the machine however, she noticed my discomfort and opted to finish off with the manually method. Way to go Sintija! My experience was certainly one of the best I have had in a long time. Thank you to all who ensured I was made to feel comfortable during my appt.read more
Naurin Ehsan
Naurin Ehsan
13:53 25 Aug 22
The best dental practice I’ve ever been to, I get really nervous when it comes to dentist appointments but Dr Rob was... so nice and made me feel at ease during my appointment, thank you!read more
Afsar Alam
Afsar Alam
09:23 12 Aug 22
I had a very good experience with Dr Rob who carried out the procedure to extract my upper wisdom tooth. This was my... first dental surgery so I was very nervous. From initial consultation to the actual procedure itself, Rob kept me fully informed and I would definitely recommend Marsh Farm Dental Practice. Also, the reception staff and assistant staff have always been great.read more
Tracy Garwood
Tracy Garwood
10:07 26 Jul 22
Very friendly, explained everything about the procedures and made us feel at ease.
Hardeep Barhey
Hardeep Barhey
19:17 12 Jul 22
Very good experience today with Dr Amar Jagsi and his staff. Thoroughly explains step by step the procedure and very... reassuring. Outstanding practice...thankyou! 😁read more
Milad Sattar
Milad Sattar
15:02 21 Jun 22
I have been trying every dentist medical centres in Luton with no luck, until I came across this Dental medical... centre.Dr Rob and his assistant have been amazing and very helpful. They are friendly yet extremely good at what they do as well as help you and give you guidance on what would be the best procedure.Thank you.read more
Danny Deidrick
Danny Deidrick
15:37 23 May 22
I visited the Marsh Farm Dental Practice to have some extractions done.My experience was very pleasant. The staff was... courteous and friendly. MY Dentist was excellent. I am very happy with the treatment I received.read more
Ros 23
Ros 23
21:45 20 May 22
My first time at the Marsh Farm Dental Practice and I am very impressed. The staff are so welcoming, friendly and... professional. Would definitely recommend!read more
Claire Campbell
Claire Campbell
10:40 20 May 22
Absolutely fantastic dental surgery. Dr Amar Jagsi is wonderful. So calming and a lovely man. He treated my son with... absolute care. Highly recommended. Thank you so much.read more
zeshan kazmi
zeshan kazmi
15:07 11 May 22
Fantastic staff and experience from start to end. I had my Invisalign treatment at this practice for 1 year and the... customer service has been excellent. The staff have gone above and beyond during my treatments and Dr Jagsi is a very experienced and professional dentist who puts his patients first. Overall I am very happy with my end results.read more
Rene Jonas
Rene Jonas
15:05 28 Apr 22
I’ve had my third time visit there today, each time they welcomed and treated me nicely. Super friendly environment and... quality service provided by Rob and her lovely nurse Paulina (I hope I get the name right, sorry if I’m not). Rob has been super focused and he has great passion, enthusiasm for his job. Paulina was charming and really take care of me. Can not be asked for better service. I really enjoyed the tunes they played and overall there is nothing bad I could possible say. Really happy with the job they done and the result speak for itself. I highly recommend it for anybody who’s looking for a dentist. All credit to these guys, worth the money and time for sure! I’m definitely will visit them again! Would love to say a huge thanks to you guys!read more
Margaret Hawkes
Margaret Hawkes
11:37 17 Feb 22
Friendly, reassuring and very professional. From the receptionist to the dentist. I was seen by Rob Devine, who was... very patient regarding my nervousness and talked through the options agreeing a plan going forward. Would highly recommend.read more
Hollie Tustain
Hollie Tustain
19:34 14 Feb 22
The most amazing dentist, so friendly, calm and reassuring he has helped me overcome my fear of dentists massively.... Always a pleasure and super friendly and helpful receptionists too :) would highly recommendread more
Pauline Asante
Pauline Asante
15:47 02 Feb 22
Yesterday I had an Dentist Appointment. Firstly, their Customer Service was absolutely welcoming, the administration... was friendly, and the hygiene was great! The Dentist offered excellent treatment which made my day!Thank you.read more
Martin Jones
Martin Jones
11:42 28 Jan 22
Excellent service at Marsh Farm dental practise , the staff there made a very nervous patient feel completely at ease... and explained everything that was going on the whole way through the process. My appointment was on time and as mentioned above felt completely at ease ....many thanks Robert Devine and staff , I would definitely recommend you and will be returning for treatment in the future.read more
Umar Ullah
Umar Ullah
13:12 26 Jan 22
First time coming here today, and Amber and staff were all great and very welcoming.
Amy Mulvihill
Amy Mulvihill
13:28 25 Jan 22
I was in bad pain with my tooth, I had never been to this practice before but I rang as an emergency and they were able... to fit me in straight away to be able to sort my tooth out for me. Dr Jagsi Fitted me in and done a root canal on my tooth as soon as he could, I’ve always dreaded a root canal and I am a very nervous patient but he made my whole experience so relaxing and put me at ease! The Root canal was completely pain free! Rang me after my appointment to see how my tooth was ect. Since then I have moved to this practice had more fillings done with Dr Jagsi, again completely painless and no problems after.Would 100% recommend going here. I no longer dread my dentist appointments!!read more
Diana A Dumitrascu
Diana A Dumitrascu
09:50 21 Jan 22
Fantastic services in a very welcoming place. Members of staff, including Mandy and Dr. Rob, are very professional. My... self and my childrens, we are very happy to be back again. ????read more
helen doherty
helen doherty
21:11 14 Jan 22
I highly recommend Rob Devine after attending the practice this week for a check up. My teeth need quite a lot of work... and like many people I am not enthusiastic about attending the dental surgery. Rob made me feel at ease. He was confident and very clear about the work that is needed and explained simply what would be required. A very reassuring and gentle young man. Mandy the dental nurse is lovely, so pleasant and friendly.read more
Gabriela Ciuraru
Gabriela Ciuraru
16:25 11 Nov 21
Very kind the doctor with my son also the nurse. Recommend
Josephine Ross
Josephine Ross
16:04 11 Nov 21
I haven’t seen a dentist for quite some time as, like many people, I hate going and only go if I think there may be a... problem. This morning I saw a dentist called Rob who was really lovely. He put me at ease and explained everything that he was doing and what he was going to do and why (x-rays). I have another appointment with Rob for fillings which normally I would feel nervous about, but I don’t! Also I found both the nurse and receptionist really friendly and professional and the practice very clean withCovid safety in mind. I now intend to go for regular check ups with Rob.read more
Isolyn Donaldson-Ellison
Isolyn Donaldson-Ellison
12:34 05 May 20
Amar and his team always go the extra mile to make me feel at ease whenever I visit. Normally, I am nervous before... going to the dentist, but Amar and the dental nurse are fantastic and make sure I am 100% comfortable before going ahead with any treatment. He always talks through the treatment and any alternatives before proceeding which really gives me peace of mind.I'd happily recommend this practice to friends and family.read more
sahuq1 .
sahuq1 .
16:59 22 Apr 20
Excellent dentist! I am very happy with my experience here and the outcome of my invisalign treatment and teeth... whitening - my teeth look great and I've had a lot of compliments since having them done. Would highly recommend Amar and his teamread more
Chandni Davis
Chandni Davis
11:32 20 Apr 20
I was suffering from severe tooth pain and visited Dr. Jagsi; the problem was identified straightaway and resolved... without needing surgery. Can’t recommend enough.read more
Barry Tayborge
Barry Tayborge
16:45 27 Feb 20
A good dentists with lots of different treatments. Very friendly polite staff.
Rani Aroob
Rani Aroob
11:42 10 Oct 19
Always seen late always told to go see hygiene for more money for them only about money this denist is rubbish!
sakkir choudhury
sakkir choudhury
17:48 02 Jun 17
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