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Jan 29

"Young Boys Brain Tumour Detected By His Dentist!"

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Malisano Dental


We hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and now looking forward to a wonderful 2018!

Here's how early detection can save your life in 2018...

There was an interesting article recently about how a young Perth boys brain tumour that was detected by his dentist.

Oral history is crucial as the mouth may look normal but oral cancers may impact on nerves that control the movement of your tongue & alter speech.

A regular recommendation that Dr Malisano says to our clients in the treatment room is that we should routinely check our mouths for changes in the:

  • Colour of the oral mucosa, gums and tongue.
  • Texture of the oral mucosa inside the cheeks, lips, floor of the mouth, tongue and gums.
  • Contour of the mouth, under the tongue and the height of the tongue.
  • Way our tongue moves left, right and when we poke our tongue out.
  • Height of the tongue when we say “Ah”.

Oral cancers are ranked 6 in the top 10 most common cancers.

There are 2 groups of oral cancer – toxin related cancers which are predominately related to smoking and a lesser extent alcohol.

These tend to be at the front of the mouth and have a poorer prognosis. The HPV related cancers occur more in the back of the mouth.

These have a better prognosis and survival rate. As the saying goes “prevention is better than a cure”.

  • Have you experienced any changes in your mouth?
  • Do things seem to catch or stick in the throat while swallowing?
  • Do you have chronic hoarseness for more than 2 weeks?
  • Have you noticed small lumps at the side of your neck putting on make –up or shaving?
  • Have you or any of your friends notice a change in your voice?

Dr Malisano recommends that being informed is the first step in taking good care of yourself.

Choosing competent care and recognizing potential problems early enough will improve your survival rate.

If you have any concerns, please contact us on 5532 1933 or email for an oral health assessment.

Please forward this newsletter on "Young Boys Brain Tumour Detected By His Dentist!" to those who would appreciate it.

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Dr. Leanne Malisano is one of the most experienced cosmetic dental surgeons in Australia. A special interest in Jaw Joint Therapy, Sleep Apnea, Smile Makeovers and Dental Implants.

Dr. Malisano(Dentist Gold Coast) is a member of Australian Dental Association and a Fellow of Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. You can read more about Dr Malisano here.

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