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How Much Will Quitting Smoking Help Your Teeth?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

shutterstock_114112198Most of us associate quitting smoking with improved lung and heart health, but it can also have major benefits for your mouth. If you’re hoping to quit smoking, here are just some of the benefits you could enjoy:

Cleaner, brighter teeth: smoking is one of the leading causes of tooth discolouration due to the presence of chemicals such as tar in cigarettes. If you quit, you can reduce the risk of further staining and look forward to a brighter, cleaner smile.

Fresher breath: smoking is a common cause of bad breath. If you’re self-conscious about your breath or you’re keen to make a positive first impression when you meet people for the first time, giving up smoking is an incredibly positive step.

Lower risk of gum disease: smoking reduces blood flow, which increases the risk of gum disease. By giving up smoking, you can lower your risk of gum disease and improve your body’s ability to heal after treatment.

Reduced oral cancer risk: smoking is the most significant risk factor for oral cancer, a type of cancer that has become increasingly common in the UK over the course of the last decade. Smoking is particularly dangerous when combined with drinking alcohol. If you drink frequently and smoke, you’re more than 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer than non-smokers who don’t drink.

Giving up smoking is not easy, but it does bring incredible benefits for your teeth and gums, as well as your general health. If you’re thinking of trying to quit, we can help, so give us a call now!

Know the Signs of Oral Cancer: Common Symptoms To Look For

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

shutterstock_482648263The number of cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the UK has risen by over a third in the last ten years, but many people ae still unaware of the warning signs. Do you know the symptoms of oral cancer? If you don’t, you’ve come to the right place.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

Even though oral cancer has become increasingly common, many people still don’t know what kinds of symptoms they should be looking out for, and this means that many cases are diagnosed at a ate stage when treatment is much less likely to be successful. To improve survival rates, it’s essential that more people know about the potential warning signs of oral cancer. These include:

  • Abnormal swelling in the mouth or lumps in the mouth or throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained oral bleeding or pain in the mouth or throat
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Sores or ulcers that take longer than 2 weeks to heal
  • Numbness in the mouth
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms, see your GP as quickly as possible. It’s very unlikely that there is anything to worry about, but it’s always best to be on the safe side.

Reducing your Risk of Oral Cancer

The most common risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and drinking regularly. If you’re a smoker and a heavy drinker, you’re more than 30 times more likely to develop oral cancer than a non-smoker who rarely drinks. Other risk factors include a poor diet lacking in nutrients, and exposure to the HPV (human papilloma virus).

It may not be possible to prevent oral cancer, but seeing your dentist on a regular basis will help to ensure that any symptoms are detected early. Your dentist is trained to spot early warning signs, and they can refer you for further tests at a stage when treatment is much more likely to be successful.

If you’re worried about oral cancer, or you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to call us today.

There’s No Need For Mouth Cancer To Be A Scream With A Screen

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

4683491_blogCancer is a word that provokes fear in most of us and oral cancer is becoming more common in the UK. Our aim is to raise awareness of oral cancer and encourage our patients to be aware of the risk factors and symptoms. We provide oral cancer screening to ensure that cases are identified and diagnosed at a very early stage when the chances of treatment proving successful are much higher.

About oral cancer screening

Oral cancer screening enables us to identify changes in the soft tissue at a very early stage; we use advanced technology, which allows us to spot abnormalities before they become visible to the naked eye. If abnormalities are detected, we can then arrange for more tests and a diagnosis can be made at the earliest possible stage. With cancer, time is of the essence, as the disease develops and spreads; if oral cancer is diagnosed and treated early, the chances of survival are up to 90 per cent higher.

Screening is pain-free and quick; we simple use a device to look around the mouth and check the soft tissue; the test takes just a few minutes, but it could save your life.

November is Mouth Cancer Awareness Month and we are inviting everyone to come for screening. We cannot stress the benefits of screening enough and we are also on hand to discuss the causes and symptoms and talk to patients about mouth cancer.

Spotting the signs of oral cancer

The most common signs of oral cancer include mouth ulcers that take a long time to heal (see your dentist if you have had an ulcer for more than 2 weeks), red or white patches in the mouth or any lumps or abnormal swelling. Other signs may include problems with swallowing and a sore throat, which doesn’t improve after 7-14 days. It’s worth pointing out that in the vast majority of cases, these signs will not mean that you have oral cancer, but it is always best to be cautious and to get symptoms checked out by your doctor or dentist.

Don’t Take It For Granted. Get Checked For Oral Cancer Quickly

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

863081_blogLike many forms of cancer, oral cancer can progress very quickly and we actively promote screening and regular dental checks to ensure that cases are diagnosed at the earliest possible stage. With early diagnosis, the chances of survival are much higher.

About oral cancer

Oral cancer is a form of cancer, which is found in the soft tissue in the mouth and throat. Research shows that this form of cancer is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK, with an increase of almost 50% in the last decade alone. Projections also predict that this trend will continue. More than 6,000 new cases were diagnosed last year.

The major risk factors for oral cancer include drinking alcohol on a regular basis, smoking and HPV (human papilloma virus) infection. If you have more than one risk factor, you are more likely to develop oral cancer. Smokers who also drink, for example, are up to 30 times more likely to get oral cancer than non-smokers who drink infrequently.

Oral cancer detection

Sadly, at the moment, most cases of oral cancer are diagnosed when the disease has already progressed and survival rates have stalled. With early diagnosis, we can help to improve survival rates, as there is a much lower risk of cancer spreading when the disease at spotted at a very early stage.

The main symptoms to look for include slow-healing ulcers, red/white patches in the mouth and swelling in the throat, which may make it difficult to swallow. Some patients also have a persistent sore throat.


We promote oral cancer screening, which helps us to detect changes in the oral tissue before they become visible to the naked eye and we also check for potential warning signs during routine check-ups.

Prepare To Be Amazed By Our Top Level Leeds Dental Technology

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

3708143_blogAt City Dental Leeds we pride ourselves on combining traditional dentistry and innovative new techniques to bring you the best treatments, the highest standards of care and optimum results. We aim to create beautiful smiles, promote good oral health and provide solutions for dental worries and we use the latest technology and years of experience teamed with dental expertise to do this.

Technology is an extremely important part of modern dentistry and we aim to keep our fingers on the pulse and bring our clients the best treatments, methods and products out there. With new, innovative machines, methods and treatments, we are able to save time, create better results and make patients feel more comfortable.

Our technology

Our clinic is designed to combine the best aspects of modern dentistry and traditional family dental care and we offer relaxing, comfortable surroundings in the heart of Leeds city centre. Our treatment rooms are kitted out with the latest dental instruments and technology to clean and repair the teeth, carry out complex procedures and prevent pain and we also have state of the art sterilisation equipment to prevent cross infection and ensure that patients are healthy and safe.

We also offer the latest diagnostic techniques for detecting gum disease, decay and oral cancer and we are proud to have a CT scanner on-site. We use CT scams for diagnosis purposes and also to aid us in the placement of dental implants. CT scanners produce incredibly detailed images of the inside of the body and they are much more accurate than traditional X-rays.

Don’t Take The Risk. Come For A City Leeds Check-Up

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

4390244_blogAre you one of the many people out there who hasn’t had a dental check-up in the last 6-9 months? Many people admit that they don’t have regular check-ups and we strongly advise keeping on top of dental checks, as they are so important for both your dental and general health.

Why are dental check-ups so important?

Regular check-ups are of paramount importance and we strongly advise all our patients, young and old, to see their dentist every 6 months. Frequent checks enable us to look out for signs of developing problems, which means that they can be treated before they get any worse; they also give us the chance to spot any changes in the mouth and to keep an eye on the development of the teeth. Without regular checks, there is a higher risk of decay and gum disease and an increased chance of potentially serious health issues, such as oral cancer, going undiagnosed.

With issues such as oral cancer and gum disease, the longer they are left, the more serious they become. Gingivitis is very easy to treat, but periodontal disease, the advanced form of gum disease, causes permanent damage to the mouth.

Dental health is also an important indicator of general health and there is a significant body of evidence to support the notion that poor oral health leads to an elevated risk of general health issues, from heart disease to diabetes.

What happens during a check-up?

We understand that many patients are apprehensive about seeing a dentist, but we promise that check-ups are quick and painless. They only take a few minutes and your dentist will simply have a quick chat with you to check how you are and whether you’ve had any dental problems and then have a good look at your mouth. Any potential issues or changes will be documented in your notes and if you have a clean bill of health, you won’t have to come back and see us for another 6 months. If you do need treatment, such as a filling, your dentist will explain why and how treatment will benefit you and then you can book an appointment when it is convenient.

Spiteful Mouth Ulcers in Leeds

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

2143132_blogMost problems that arise in the mouth can be identified by their cause and then treated accordingly. However, there are still some conditions that still baffle professional dentists in Leeds today as to exactly what the cause of them are; mouth ulcers are one of these; these are spiteful and painful and you’ll know when you have one. Many theories are that they can be brought on by abrasion to the gums, highly acidic foods, burns from hot food and drinks, drugs, lacerations and stress. However, they aren’t instantly got rid of either but if you watch yourself for a few days, you should get through. Firstly avoid spicy foods and hot drinks and maintain a high level of oral hygiene throughout; use an anti-sceptic mouthwash and try to keep everything away from the ulcer. If you constantly are under stress though and chewing your gums to pieces, you may need to sit down with a psychiatrist to sort out your personal issues. There are some cracking gels, creams and antiseptic sprays that will relieve a lot of the pain- as well as taking painkillers. There is a huge word of warning here though: ulcers come and cause havoc for only a few days, but if you find them hanging around for weeks, even if you have treated them, then something more sinister is afoot and it could be the early signs of oral cancer. Always check out an ulcer anyway with your dentist to put your mind at rest.

Kicking-out Oral Cancer in Leeds

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

1341367_blogIf you love to smoke, drink, eat poorly and don’t really care about oral hygiene too much, you are not only putting your teeth and gums at risk, but you can also be making yourself open to oral cancer in the future; these are considered to be among the main protagonists that cause this disease and if you find yourself suffering from irritations for a sustained period of time- sore throats, jaw, ear and headaches, or constant ulcers- you really should get yourself tested as quickly as possible because the faster the diagnosis, the better your chances of beating the problem. It won’t be easy though and it will be a battle; you’ll need the company and support of friends and family for psychological help, as well as having professional nursing afterwards. What is imperative though is you avoid all of the things that may have caused the disease in the first place and improve every area of your lifestyle in order to rebuild the immune system in your body. Essentially you need to change every aspect of your life and make yourself strong for the fight: take heart from the fact though that the recovery stats from this disease are very good indeed in Leeds.

Hateful Oral Cancer in Leeds

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

835423_blogCancer in any form is never nice, but in the mouth it is even worse. Even specialists in this field can get perplexed in Leeds because defining oral cancer is a bit of a guessing game: how is it that someone can smoke all of their life without any problems and yet the next person who has never smoked goes down with the disease- is it in the genes? Who knows? However, you should be aware of a few things and then be aware of the signs. Excess in every part of your life from over smoking, drinking and a poor diet will weaken your immune system and leave you vulnerable to attack from all manner of things. But if you start to notice symptoms not going away, like mouth ulcers, sore throats, aching jaws, or basically anything, you should get checked out immediately and it will only take a few tests to determine if anything is wrong with you. Get in quick and you have a great chance of beating this disease- the stats are good, and though you will have a battle on your hands, you can get through this if you are prepared for a fight. You will need support from every area you can find, but be brave- you can beat this horrible disease, however you need people around you to do it.

Fighting back against Oral Cancer in Leeds

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

2603730_blogOral cancer is a horrible disease to contract, as is any disease of this nature, but when it comes to your mouth you may well be putting yourself at serious risk in Leeds if you have a wayward lifestyle. Now, the reasons behind oral cancer aren’t exactly specific or that clear, but if you are a heavy smoker/drinker and have an awful diet, it won’t help your cause and if you suddenly realise that you are having constant repetitive problems such as ulcers, sore throats, coughing and ear aches, they are just a few pointers that you are possibly heading into cancer territory and should get yourself tested quickly. The quicker you are looked at, the better the condition can be treated and the good news on this front is that recovery rates are improving. But it won’t be a joyride for you; you will need as much support as you can muster from everywhere you can. You will also have to make lifestyle changes in order to prevent a repeat of what you have gone through and for this you are going to have to enlist professional back-up.