Three Australians are diagnosed with oral cancer every day…

Oral cancer is one of the major cancers in Australia, and can be exacerbated by consuming alcohol or cigarettes. The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in colour. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a serious issue, including oral cancer.

Signs and symptoms of oral cancer…

Oral cancer can emerge as a range of different symptoms. If you experience any of the below signs it is important to book an appointment at our Newcastle dental surgery as soon as possible:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore/ulcer that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

Your mouth is one of your body’s most important and indicative warning systems…

You can tell a lot about what is happening in your body by looking at your mouth. Be aware of your mouth for any changes. Do not ignore any lumps or sores. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

The Australian Dental Association has now eased restrictions and we are now able to offer appointments to all patients.

Hunter OMS is therefore able to offer patients any Oral & Maxillofacial surgical treatment you may require. You will require a referral from your general dentist or doctor.

Our office is open 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 8am to 2:30pm.

We are also able to provide Telehealth consultations if you are unable to come to our offices.

We remain committed to COVID-19 precautions with social distancing of appointments. Further, IF YOU HAVE ANY COLD OR FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS OR RAISED TEMPERATURE, YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND OUR CLINIC.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SITUATION IS CHANGING AND WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO KEEP THIS INFORMATION UP TO DATE.

We understand this is a very difficult time for everyone; please understand how difficult this is for us