Did you know 8,300 Brits were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year? That’s an astonishing rise of 50 per cent compared to a decade ago. But what’s even more alarming is the severe lack of awareness most adults have regarding the disease.

A recent survey found eight out of 10 adults didn’t know where mouth cancer appears and three quarters revealed they didn’t even know what the symptoms were.

The startling revelations have been released to coincide with November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, which aims to shine a light on the condition and educate people on the subject.

Mouth cancer has traditionally been associated with older men who had a history of heavy drinking and smoking. But the disease is now becoming more prevalent among women thanks to the ladette culture of the 90s and more and more people in their 30s and 40s are now developing the disease.

Cheap booze and chain smoking may be the most prevalent causes of mouth cancer but the explosion of social sites like Tinder, which make it easier for people to hook up for sex, and poor diets have also been linked to the alarming rise in cases.

What are the symptoms of mouth cancer?

There are numerous symptoms of mouth cancer to look out for. These include:

A change in your speech, such as a lisp

Red or white patches on the lining of the mouth or on the tongue

Mouth ulcers that refuse to heal within a reasonable time frame

Unexplained lumps that fail to disappear

Lumps in the neck

Pain with your jaw

Loose teeth

Difficulty or painful chewing

If you experience any of those symptoms it is crucial that you visit your dentist immediately. If detected early, relatively minor surgery can be used to extract the cancer which has a very high rate of success. Even in advanced stages there is a 50 per cent survival rate thanks to the vast improvements in surgery and medication.

Dr Nigel Carter, the chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said he was shocked to hear of the survey’s findings.

“It is extremely concerning to see the lack of basic knowledge about the disease, especially as it continues to affect more people every year.

“For so long mouth cancer seems to have gone under the radar. It is now time for us to take notice and learn what we need to, so we can help protect ourselves and others around us.

“It is so important to understand what is most likely to put us at risk, how we can spot mouth cancer and where we can go if we see anything out of the ordinary.”

Dr Catherine Rutland, head of professional support services at Simplyhealth Professionals, added that regular dental visits were crucial to spotting the signs early.

“It is important to know how and where mouth cancer can appear and to be alert to any changes in and around the mouth. Regular dental visits remain crucial to spotting mouth cancer early, as your dentist will examine you for mouth cancer during every routine appointment. However, being vigilant in between appointments and checking your own mouth will also help to find any early signs and symptoms.

“Mouth cancer is beatable, but we have to act quickly. An early diagnosis is vital and can not only save a life but can also improve quality of life.”

If you have any symptoms, want to speak to us about dental hygiene, oral surgery or are concerned about mouth cancer, call us today on 01782 848708.


Why You Should Avoid Charcoal Toothpaste At All Costs

Charcoal toothpaste is the latest fad that everyone is being led to believe will give them the dazzling white teeth they have always craved.

Well, I’m sorry to break it to you but using charcoal toothpaste to brush your teeth is one of the worst things you can ever do.

Don’t get me wrong, charcoal toothpaste will give you the whiteness you’ve always wanted, but it will come at a damaging cost by totally scrubbing off the top layer of your enamel.

So while you will have clean, white teeth, they will ultimately be thinner and weaker and more likely to develop cavities or even break than if you used traditional toothpaste.

Although your enamel is incredibly tough, it has been found that excessive force while simply brushing your teeth can eventually erode it. If you are one of those types of people then throwing charcoal toothpaste in the melting pot could be immensely dangerous.

You see most charcoal toothpaste doesn’t even contain fluoride, which is essential for teeth especially in areas like Stoke-on-Trent and Glasgow where the water companies do not include fluoride in the water.

Charcoal does in fact have many health benefits. It can help delay the effects of premature ageing. It can also be used to reduce the swelling from insects and eradicate oily skin. Just do not put it in your mouth!

It just goes to show how desperate we are as a society to look good. It also demonstrates exactly how much influence social media and marketing managers have over us.

The health and beauty industry has been rife with dietary fads and beauty “tips” for years as they know people will do anything to look slimmer, stay younger and reinvigorate their skin. Unfortunately, these campaigns are playing on our emotions and making us believe that they have found the miracle cure. In reality all they have done is tap into your psyche and convince you to part with your money.

People have died from taking unlicensed slimming pills they have bought on the internet due to the power of the words and images firms have used to market these products. We have also seen celebrities with huge influence on their social media following endorsing beauty products that have turned out to have no or very little value.

Teenagers especially nowadays are more likely to be influenced by what they see on social media and the internet than the traditional and regulated Press. And because they are more likely to be swayed by impressive before and after pictures and video testimonials of happy customers, they are more likely to believe that than actually reading the cold hard facts from the professionals for themselves.

So next time you are walking down the shopping aisle and need some new toothpaste, please do not be tempted to pick up a tube of charcoal toothpaste. Not only is it expensive, it will also do more damage than good to your pearly whites.

If you do want dazzling white teeth then please contact our professional team of dentists and hygienists today. We offer a professional teeth whitening service that will dazzle your friends, keep your teeth in tip top condition and which won’t break the bank. Call our team at Grosvenor Dental Practice on 01782 848708 today.


We are delighted to introduce you to Dr Ghasoon Smith our newest member of staff to Grosvenor Dental Practice.

Ghasoon qualified from the University of Manchester in 1999 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. She did her vocational training year at a practice in Surrey and then returned home to Cheshire where she has continued to practice for the last 18 years. In 2011 she was awarded the MJDF diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a post graduate certificate in Endodontics from the University of Chester in the same year.

Ghasoon has a lovely quiet and calming manner with her patients and covers all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry. She is currently accepting new patients so if you would like to book a consultation with her ring us on 01782 848708 we are offering a full 30 minute 15 point dental health check with digital X-rays for just £75.


If you have taken the plunge and had a brace fitted, you may be facing an array of questions about the dos and don’ts of looking after them.

There’s a lot of ‘brace myths’ out there that can leave you lost about the aftercare of your brace, so we’ve compiled a handy go to guide so you can set yourself on the right path to beautiful and straight looking teeth.

Brace Do’s

Keep your teeth clean by brushing at least twice a day. Food can easily get stuck in between the brackets and wires of your brace so this will ensure that your mouth is clean and will avoid the build-up of plaque or decay.

Replace your toothbrush at least every three months. You’d be surprised how much bacteria can build up on your toothbrush. Replacing it regularly can help to alleviate this.

Keep attending orthodontic appointments regularly to ensure that you’re always on the right track with your treatment. Missing appointments can delay the process and you may be required to have your brace on for longer.

Keep attending your regular dentist appointments. Your regular dentist will check in areas that your orthodontic dentist may not such as cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.

Braces can be painful, especially when you first have them and after tightening’s. You can manage discomfort by taking medication prior to the pain occurring. A useful tip would be to take some Paracetamol straight after your orthodontic appointments before the pain sets in.

Your braces may rub your gums to start with and this can become uncomfortable. Your orthodontic surgeon will be able to provide you with dental wax. Roll this up between your fingers and place it over areas of discomfort on your brace and this should minimise the pain.

Brace Don’ts

One of the number one don’ts when looking after braces is eating food that will inevitably get stuck in your brace. This can vary from small things such as corn on the cob or eating meat off the bone, which could potentially bend your wires and add time on to your treatment.

Steer clear of too much sugar, eating (or drinking) too much sugar can lead to tooth decay around your brackets and could stain your teeth forever.

Breakages are inevitable when you have a brace however be sure not to disregard any breakages as this could alter the course of your treatment and could make the process longer. Make sure you book an appointment if your brace breaks in order to get it fixed as soon as possible.

If you opt to have white or light coloured elastics on your brace, be mindful of foods that can stain them. Curry and Bolognaise tend to stain bands a yellow/orange colour so steer clear of these if you want to avoid this.



Dental check-ups allow your dentist to look for any potential dental problems so that you can be treated as soon as possible should there be any concerns. During a dental check-up, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and mouth and ask about your general oral health in order to give you viable advice on how to look after your teeth in order to sustain well maintained oral health.

There are many common misconceptions about how regularly you should visit your dentist, some people say you should see your dentist every six months; some may suffice with fewer visits however some may require more frequent ones. It really depends on the person but some categories that may need to see the dentist more are those deemed as high risk. This includes:


Pregnant women


People with a weak immune system

People with gum disease

People who are prone to cavities and plaque

If you take good care of your teeth, you may be required to visit your dentist less often however it is essential that you still see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can give you a recommendation of how often you need to make appointments based on his evaluation of your oral health.

To book your appointment with Grosvenor Dental you can call us on 01782848708 or book a visit using our online appointment booking page.



A few words from our new dentist Teddy Ruscheva


Hello, My name is Teodora, but everyone calls me Teddy. I graduated from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2006. Since then I have passionately practiced the profession and I continuously update my skills and knowledge. I have a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and perfection is my main driving force. I listen to my patients’ needs and concerns and always give my best to achieve the most suitable outcome for everyone. My motto is “if there’s a will, there’s a way”. I have been practising in England for over seven years and have lived in Stoke-on-Trent for almost six years.

I am a communicative and open person. I like spending time with my family and friends. I have two girls (3 and 10) and they occupy most of my time at home. I like reading books, watching sports and outdoor activities.


Introducing our Treatment Coordinator

Do you want to make changes to your smile but not sure of your options?

blog-newWe at Grosvenor dental practice want to give our patients the opportunity to understand all treatment options available to them. With this in mind we now have a Treatment Coordinator. The treatment coordinator, Louise, is available to discuss any treatment that you may wish to have or to go over any treatment that you are currently about to undergo.

All appointments with Louise are offered free of charge to all registered patients. We have a designated treatment coordination lounge where you can chat over coffee in a relaxed non-clinical environment.

Please ask at reception if you would like to book an appointment with Louise.


We are now able to offer appointments with our hygienist, Lisa, without the need to see a dentist first. This is ideal for anyone who would like an extra visit in between appointments to get that bright white smile for the Summer.

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