Oral Cancer & Dental Screenings

Oral cancer is caused by abnormal cell growth resulting from changes to cell DNA. A dentist can screen for oral cancer annually as part of a regular teeth cleaning appointment, a process which is simple and painless.

Key takeaways:

  • All forms of tobacco increase your risk of oral cancer, including vaping with e-cigarettes as they still contain chemicals which can increase the risk.
  • Excessive alcohol, three or more alcoholic drinks every day, is the second largest risk factor for oral cancer.
  • HPV is a sexually transmitted disease can increase the risk of oral cancer, although those under 26 years of age can be vaccinated for HPV.

“During your regular exam and cleaning, your dentist will feel your face and neck for any abnormalities and ask you a few questions about any symptoms you may have. Oral cancer screenings are done annually to check for oral cancer.”

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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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