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Oral Cancer Screenings

Mouth cancer, sometimes called oral cancer, is characterised by the development of a tumour in the lining of the mouth.

If a dentist has any reason to believe you may have mouth cancer, they will refer you to a specialist who can make a definitive diagnosis. Mouth cancer screening is not reserved for patients who are already presenting with symptoms of the disease. We regularly screen our patients for mouth cancer, even if they have no symptoms, to detect the disease in its early stages.

A tumour can grow anywhere within the mouth, including the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, the gums, the lips, or on the roof of the mouth. Over time, mouth cancer can spread around the mouth or other body parts. If left untreated, mouth cancer can become life-threatening.

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Oral Cancer FAQs

You might notice tiny bumps inside your mouth, tongue, lips, or gums in its early stages. Other common symptoms include persistent sores in the mouth or on the lips and loose teeth.

As the disease develops, you may experience soreness in the mouth, discomfort or difficulty swallowing, white or reddish patches inside the mouth, earache, numbness, and changes in your speech.

Mouth cancer can affect anyone, although it is most common in those between 50 and 74 and tends to be more common in men than women.

Your dentist will examine your mouth for any signs or symptoms of mouth cancer, and they may refer you to a specialist for additional tests if they find anything suspicious.

During your screening exam, the dentist will check the inside of your mouth for abnormalities such as red and white patches, mouth sores, and unexplained lumps and bumps.

Following the procedure, if your dentist has noticed any signs of mouth cancer, they may refer you to a specialist.


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  • Tuesday: 09.00 – 19.00
  • Wednesday: 09.00 – 17.30
  • Thursday: 10.00 – 19.00
  • Friday: 09.30 – 17.30
  • Saturday: 09.00 – 13.00 (By appointment only)
  • Sunday: Closed


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Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
4 years a customer and always professional yet friendly service. Corrected my major issues (fillings/caps) and while they're keen to ensure ongoing 'perfect teeth' they don't hard sell peripheral / optional treatments. Highly recommended
Lucy MacCarthy
Lucy MacCarthy
I was looking for somewhere with a personal touch, that I could trust and that’s what I got at Mint. They always remember my name and are so polite. After a year of zoom meetings I really wanted my teeth to be straight and the results completely surpassed my expectations. I now feel comfortable taking photos! The team explained everything clearly (I felt I could ask anything multiple times) appointments were always organised and it was a really easy, worthwhile process. My teeth look like my teeth but are now at their best.
Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
Mitos Sangil
Mitos Sangil
Dr Patel has done very good job. He explains the procedure very well. He is very skilled. Staff are very friendly and accommodative. I booked for emergency procedure and the team are so quick to respond. The clinic is also very clean. Over all , I highly recommend Mint Clinic in St Georges road to everyone who gets problem with their teeth. 👏👏👏👍👍👍
Cesar Vicente
Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
Best dentist I’ve ever had! Have completed a year of Invisalign with Dr Patel and he has been so reassuring and kind throughout. From the reception staff to hygenists they really go above and beyond to make you feel looked after and special. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.



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