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Role of dentist. Pre-treatment of oral cancer. Actively discourage smoking &  betel nut use Encourage moderation of alcohol intake Health promotion & education on  Oral Cancer Provide regular check-ups for edentulous ± institutionalized elderly & otherwise high-risk non-attenders

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Role of dentist

Role of dentist


Pre treatment of oral cancer

Pre-treatment of oral cancer

  • Actively discourage smoking & betel nutuse

  • Encourage moderation of alcohol intake

  • Health promotion & education on Oral Cancer

  • Provide regular check-ups for edentulous ± institutionalizedelderly & otherwise high-risk non-attenders

  • Early diagnosis:

    • Be vigilant & suspicious

    • Always examine mucosa as well as teeth

    • Refer all high-risk lesions on discovery

    • Monitor low-risk pre-malignant lesions

    • Perform biopsy appropriately


Role of dentist

  • Dentists should identify those patients with risk factor for oral cancer

  • Use medical history that includes lifestyle questions

  • Staff should be trained to ensure that patients complete medical history parts fully

  • Practice policy on oral cancer examinations should be formulated and understood by all staff

  • Accurate and comprehensive medical history & dental treatment records must be kept

  • Develop procedures to review and update medical history at each new course of treatment

  • Dental clearance


During treatment

During treatment

  • Ensure good oral hygiene

  • Moral support


After treatment of oral cancer

After treatment of oral cancer

  • Manage simple denture problems after surgery

  • Management of post-complications of radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

    • Mucositis

    • Xerostomia

    • Osteoradionecrosis

  • Monitor for recurrence, new pre-malignant lesions & second primary tumours

  • Monitor for cervical (neck) and lung metastases

  • Maintain morale of & provide additional support to patients & their relatives

  • Maintain good oral hygiene


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