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Who does better at detecting mouth lesions--patient, hygienist, dentist, doctor?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry
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In brief: Whoever has the will

An effective oral examination is not beyond the abilities of any professional with proper training and the will to put in the necessary effort.
But because oral diagnosis falls most precisely within the scope of a dentist's expertise, a dentist is likely to be the most effective oral diagnostician.

In brief: Whoever has the will

An effective oral examination is not beyond the abilities of any professional with proper training and the will to put in the necessary effort.
But because oral diagnosis falls most precisely within the scope of a dentist's expertise, a dentist is likely to be the most effective oral diagnostician.
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: All of the above

Some patients are very oral health oriented and immediately seek an appointment for anything that appears in their mouth they have not seen before.
For many offices, the dental hygienist is the first clinical contact for the patient and a hygienist with an excellent clinical training will often be the first to diagnose an oral lesion and consult with the dentist/doctor.

In brief: All of the above

Some patients are very oral health oriented and immediately seek an appointment for anything that appears in their mouth they have not seen before.
For many offices, the dental hygienist is the first clinical contact for the patient and a hygienist with an excellent clinical training will often be the first to diagnose an oral lesion and consult with the dentist/doctor.
Dr. Daniel Quon
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