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A dental check-up saved Rodney’s life

Rodney World Oral health Day

Robyn Brunn says the Peninsula Health Dental Service saved her husband’s life.

“My husband Rodney’s top denture was loose, so I made an appointment with the Dentist,” explains Robyn.

“Dentist Dr Margaret grabbed his tongue very gently and moved it to the right and it flipped over to look in his mouth – and that’s when she saw the lesions.”

“They were not visible to the naked eye when he opened his mouth, so myself or our GP had never seen them.”

Rodney’s lesions were oral cancer.

“If she hadn’t found it, he would be on his way to higher stages in the cancer,” says Robyn.

“My children and I believe that she saved his life.”

Rodney had to have surgery to remove the lesions, and is now having regular check-ups to monitor his oral health.

Today is World Oral Health Day, and Robyn is urging people to not put off going to the dentist.

“Just do it, make the time to get your whole mouth checked,” she says.

“I would also advise people when they brush their teeth to get a little torch and check the inside of their mouths and under their tongue as well. If they see anything that doesn’t look right get it checked as soon as possible by their dentist because it might be cancer.”

Mouth cancer symptoms

Symptoms of mouth cancer can include:

  • a lump in your neck
  • loose teeth
  • swelling or a sore on your lip that won’t heel
  • difficult or painful swallowing
  • changes in speech
  • bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • white or red patches on the mouth, tongue or gums
  • unexplained weight loss.

It’s never too early or too late to start looking after your oral health.

Act today to keep a healthy mouth through life:

  • Take good care of your oral health at home
  • Eat a healthy diet, particularly one low in sugar, avoid tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Have a regular dental check-up

Make an appointment with the Peninsula Health Dental Service online today.