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Organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, Mouth Cancer Action Month runs throughout November each year and aims to raise awareness of the disease including common risk factors and symptoms. At Showcase 2013, it’s the ideal time to find out more about the campaign.

Located at stand Q02, the Foundation will be on hand to encourage dental professionals to play a pivotal role in detecting mouth cancer early, a process that can improve survival rates from as low as 50 per cent to over 90 per cent.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, highlights the leading role the profession has in the battle against the disease.

Dr Carter says: “If the profession can inform and urge patients that regularly attending check-ups increases the chances of mouth cancer being detected at an early stage, together we can help to raise awareness of this killer disease. This is why getting involved and holding free screening events is so important.

“By using the campaign as an opportunity to screen patients and also to educate about self-examination, it’s also an excellent way to raise the profile of your organisation. More than 7,500 new cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed each year, and supporting the campaign has the potential to save lives.

“Supporting the campaign is simple. You can pop along to our stand at this year’s Dental Showcase and speak to a member of the team. They will be able to register you for a campaign pack, give you information about our Blue Ribbon Appeal and many more ways you can support the campaign.”

The Foundation will also be showcasing its full range of educational products as well as having a representative from theTooth Whitening Information Group (TWIG) on hand to discuss any queries you may have about the group’s work. For more information about Mouth Cancer Action Month or the work of the Foundation, please visit our stand at Q02 or by visiting Mouth Cancer Action Month websiteBritish Dental Health Foundation website or Safe Tooth Whitening.

  

Oral Health Foundation

The Oral Health Foundation is a charity that works to improve oral health by providing education, advice, and support to millions of people every year, changing lives for the better. Our mission is to support others in achieving a healthier life through better oral health. Our vision is to live in a world where everybody has a healthy mouth and is free of dental disease. Poor oral health can have a harmful and devastating effect on a person’s life – both for their physical health and mental wellbeing. We are determined to help more people achieve good oral health and have a better quality of life. Sadly, oral disease remains common, across the life course. We are taking the challenge to reduce the harm caused by poor oral health and the responsibility to create a healthier future for everybody. We do this because we believe that everybody deserves to have good oral health. To make sure this happens, by 2024, we will:

    • Work towards decreasing the prevalence of oral disease across communities.
    • Increase the number of people accessing our help and information services.
    • Diversify our range of resources to reach more communities.
    • Successfully campaign for policies which help people achieve healthier lives.
    • Generate new and nurture existing income streams that enable us to deliver our charitable objectives.

We are going to achieve success by:

    • Running awareness campaigns like National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.
    • Giving anybody who needs it direct support through our Dental Helpline.
    • Influencing policy on subjects like dental access, sugar, and tobacco.
    • Providing consumer advice on oral health care products and working alongside manufacturers to make sure products do what they claim to do.
    • Creating resources and information that communicates positive oral health messages.
    • Working alongside others who share our passion for health and wellbeing.

To find out more about us, visit our website at https://www.dentalhealth.org/

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