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                                      Williams Dental Practice – Vernon Williams

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A leading family owned dentist with sites in Wiltshire and Berkshire, Williams Dental Practice, is today announced as the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s ‘Practice of the Month’ for November.  The teams at Williams Dental Practice have gone above and beyond to implement the charity’s Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme* so was chosen from all dental practices across the UK who have signed up to the charity’s new scheme. By joining the scheme the dental practice is placing the onus on their own team to actively prove they are carrying out a thorough head and neck cancer check at routine appointments.

The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations, whether they’re based at an NHS, private or mixed practice.  The charity accredits dental practices that meet the criteria. 

Here Vernon Williams outlines how Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme has inspired his team to raise public awareness of mouth cancer.


Practice Name:            Williams Dental Practice

Practice Address:         72 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HF and 96 High Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0NB

Size of Practice:           Between the two practices, 3 surgeries and a staff of 21.

Practice website:

Scheme Lead:              Vernon Williams

Tell Us about Your Practice

Our dentists, Gareth and Vernon Williams, set up practice together in 1987 and run the family orientated practices in Marlborough and Hungerford.  We are committed to ongoing development and we are proud of the continual commitment from our long standing team.  We have developed our practice greatly over the last ten years, including introducing our Dental Plans (DPAS), digital radiography and our decontamination rooms. We have been a member of the BDA Good Practice Scheme for four years and this helps us endeavour to continually aim to improve our service.

What attracted you to the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme?

We have carried out Oral Cancer Screening for many years, and we felt proud and honoured to be part of a recognised scheme in this area.

How has the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helped Williams Dental Practice reach best practice standards in the management of mouth cancer in general practice?

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme has helped to bring Oral Cancer Screening to the forefront for the whole team. The training provided for this is detailed and relevant and has helped to keep the whole team focused on the aims of the scheme, and reminds us all of the importance of what we do.

What benefits has Williams Dental Practice seen for the team, patients and wider community since introducing the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme into practice?

In particular, raising awareness and taking part in the sponsored walks (this will be our third time walking, this year) helps to keep our focused team, involved and feeling a part of something important. Our patients can be assured that we are committed to oral cancer screening and in the wider community we hope to continue to raise awareness.

What the Team thinks about the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme

“We are delighted that we now have the National support and resources to help us in this important area of dentistry.” Gareth Williams

What the Patients Say about Williams Dental Practice

“I was scared of the dentist but this is no longer true. Kind staff and a great place.” WDP survey 2012

Have Your Say

If you are a dental practice and would like to feature as our practice of the month or have something to say about our scheme, please contact us.

The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme is open to any dental practice whose clinicians are registered with the GDC.  For more information or to join please contact the Mouth Cancer Foundation via or call +44 (0) 1924 950 950 for more information.


For general press enquiries, please contact:

Elizabeth Ayto Laverack or Izabela Nair

Media Ambitions - +44 208 940 2222


The Mouth Cancer Foundation –

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298.

* The Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme helps dentists to know what they are looking for and how to check and refer patients.  This will allow head and neck cancers to be caught earlier.  Head and neck cancers are particularly vicious and debilitating when detected late.  Patients who survive are a huge drain on medical resources for the rest of their lives, in terms of post operative and the psychological care required.  With earlier detection, lives are saved and costs on the NHS will reduce dramatically. 

The scheme is a ‘Two minutes to save a life’ screening protocol, which is a 10-point checklist that every dentist should be able to include in their routine examinations. 

Full membership includes access to a dedicated section of the charity website and FREE 1 hour CPD element as well as professional development and training modules suitable for all members of the practice team to ensure regular screening benefits practice patients.

In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year.  Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. In its very early stages, these Mouth Cancers can be easy to ignore.  Symptoms include:

1. An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks

2. A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks

3. A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

5. A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

6. A feeling that something is caught in the throat

7. A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks

8. An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site or by emailing

Williams Dental Practice -

Williams Dental Practice is an established dental practice with high street locations in Marlborough, Wiltshire and Hungerford, Berkshire.  They are proud of the personal service they provide to all visitors of the practices.  Their experienced and considerate team offers individuals and families the best and most appropriate routes for ongoing dental care.   They are part of the BDA Good Practice accreditation scheme so patients can trust them to look after all the family's dental health.  The Marlborough practice is contracted by Wiltshire Primary Care Trust to provide NHS treatment to children up to 18 years of age and the Hungerford practice is contracted by Berkshire West Primary Care Trust to provide NHS treatment to children up to 16 years of age.


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