A 43-year-old member asked:
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do i tell my dentist that i chew tobacco? i'm concerned that i have mouth cancer.

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Dr. Jake Richards
11 years experience Dentistry
100% YES: This is not to be taken lightly. Oral cancer can kill and you should not hesitate to contact your denist and if they are uncertain you can be seen by a specialist. Tobacco use has a very high risk of oral cancer and it can be minimized if found early. Don't wait.
Answered on Mar 27, 2013
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Dr. Jay Kansal
13 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Yes, it is very important to tell your dentist of all your habits including smoking, tobacco, alcohol use, etc. It is also important to tell them of any symptoms you may be experiencing to make you think you have cancer. This helps us base your risk of getting cancer and the dentist may perform some tests after that to see if you have cancer.
Answered on Jan 17, 2014
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Dr. Brian Hoffman
13 years experience Dentistry
Absolutely: You cannot lie, hide, or cheat cancer. If you are worried, be very truthful and let the testing begin. You need to know what you are up against, and waiting is not a good option. Lastly, but equally as important...Stop chewing tobacco, it is a hard habit to break, understood, but think of the alternative. Best of luck to you, i wish you the best!
Answered on Apr 30, 2018
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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Yes because: Not telling your dentist (or physician) everything only hurts you. You go to professionals for help and to be healthy.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
20 years experience Dentistry
YES!: Your dentist needs to know all of your oral habits, medications, and whatever substances you use, legal or not so he or she can make the best recommendations for treatment. Tobacco is definitely one of them that should be disclosed. If you are worried about cancer, take our advice and stop chewing tobacco, see your dentist and get the area of concern biopsied.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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