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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
Dentistry 43 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.
Dr. Brian Hoffman
Dentistry 14 years experience
Part of Comp Exam: Most dental offices routinely screen patients for oral cancer as part of the comprehensive examination process. Many offices employ the use of special lights and scopes to see any changes at the cellular level, and not just via normal light. Most times dentists will also discuss pre-cancerous changes they see, to help patients take preventive action to avoid a possible DX of cancer.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can oral cancer be detected in a dental exam?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Fuller
Dentistry 42 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.
Seymour, CT
A 40-year-old male asked:

If my dental check up showed no signs of oral cancer. How long would it take for me to notice a new sign?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Need Dental Exams: Oral Cancer is a "silent disease". When it hurts, it's in its advanced stages. Your best strategy is to have your dentist do a comprehensive oral cancer screening at each checkup (2x yearly) and don't smoke or chew tobacco.
Irving, TX
A 29-year-old male asked:

Would regular dental check ups detect oral cancer? What are the odds of 29yo w/no history of Tabacco use developing oral cancer?

11 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Chances are very low: Oral cancer is uncommon unless you used tobacco(smoking or chewing) and drink excessively. Most dentists do an Oral exam or you can request it in case your dental work(cleaning) is done by a Dental hygienist alone.

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