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A 47-year-old member asked:

Little spot inside one of my teeth and now i am completely and utterly petrified it's oral cancer! how can i tell?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Get seen now: If you are concerned, get seen by your dentist -- these folks are the best at picking up pre-cancers (more 'spots' are premalignant than malignant) and handling them so they won't hurt you. Obviously we can't diagnose at a distance. To be brave, act brave. Pick up the phone and schedule your appointment when you get this.
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Clarification: Can you describe just where this spot is? If it truly is inside your tooth, it may just be a little stain or decay. Spots on the skin inside the mouth need to be seen to be identified but there are many non-cancerous origins of spots so get it checked out but don't jump to conclusions beforehand!
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Oral Cancer ?: Does not develop or grow inside teeth. See a dentist to determine what that "little spot" "inside" one of your teeth is. If it's a dental problem, your dentist can treat you and fix it. Also request that your dentist give you a complete head and neck soft tissue examination to rule out any growths and have that done every 6 months by him\her or an oral surgeon for peace of mind and good health.

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