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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can oral cancer be detected in a dental exam?

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Dr. Richard Fuller
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: Usually a careful visual exam of the soft tissues of the mouth will show if there is any indication to worry about oral cancer. Most dental offices will perform a thorough soft tissue exam when you get your teeth cleaned.
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: During a dental exam, all dentists will evaluate the soft tissues of the mouth looking for anything out of the ordinary that could signal a potential oral cancer.
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Dr. steven Present
Dentistry 44 years experience
Your dentist can examine you and identify any suspicious lesions. However, in order to make a .definitive diagnosis of oral cancer a biopsy of the lesion/lesions would be required
Jul 24, 2012
Dr. Robert Chin
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: Your dentist will be looking for signs and symptoms of some types of common oral cancer. Not all oral cancers can be detected on routine dental exams. Additional tests may be needed.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Expert opinion - should oral cancer be detected in a dental exam?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Often: Dentists routinely look at the entire oral structures (besides teeth) and may find oral cancer. If suspicious areas are discovered, the dentist may perform a biopsy or refer the patient to a specialist (oral surgeon or otolaryngologist) for evaluation and treatment.
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