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More to your checkup

By: | July 12th, 2018

Recently a good friend of mine asked me to look at a lesion on one side of his tongue. As with normal protocol, I followed up  2 weeks after to see if the lesion has resolved.  I was surprised by how rapidly the lesion had grown in size and immediately proceeded to have it biopsied.  Unfortunately, it was diagnosed as malignant and he is now scheduled for surgery later this month.  However, as the lesion was caught at an early stage, it had not progressed to other tissues and stayed localized.

There is a good prognosis that cancer will be successfully removed.

Your checkup is more than simply looking over your teeth and gums.  We are always evaluating the tissues of the mouth ( that includes the inner cheeks, the tongue, under the tongue the back of the throat, the gum, the palate and the floor of the mouth. Sometimes during my routine checkups, I come across soft tissue lesions which you yourself cannot feel or see.  The sooner the lesion is taken care of whether it be sore or not, red or white,  smooth or rough, flat or raised, we can determine if cancer is present. There is a higher chance that cancer can be removed successfully with a better outcome.

Dear Valued Patients,

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons, the body that regulates dentistry in Ontario, has recommended that all non-essential and elective dental services be suspended immediately. This is in response to COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing.

The health and well- being of our patients, staff and the community is of the highest priority, and therefore I shall be closing our office effective March 16.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause any of you, and trust that you understand and support this measure. If you have a dental emergency please contact me at 613-255-7988 or via email at dentist@drchristineng.com.

I will endeavour to take care of you as quickly and effectively as possible.

We will continue to monitor this situation as it evolves, and as soon as things stabilize, we shall be contacting you to reschedule your dental appointment at the first mutually convenient time.

Stay safe and well.

Christine Ng
D.D.S