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Dentists Need to Check for Oral Cancer

According to the charity Cancer Research UK, dentists need to check patients for signs of oral cancer as well as asking patients lifestyle questions.

According to the charity there will be 9,200 cases of oral cancer in the UK by the year 2030 compared with just 6,240 recorded cases in 2009.

The British Dental Association has said that dentists do examine patients for oral cancer as part of routine checkups, but it was only this year the General Dental Council recommended dentists educate themselves on oral cancer as part of their ongoing professional development.

It was estimated that over 70,000 Brits travelled to Hungary for low cost dental treatment last year so it is important that dentists providing dental care in Hungary also check for oral cancer.

Dr Kannmann, a dentist working with Hungarian Dental Travel in Mosonmagyarovar says “I look for the signs and symptoms of oral cancer as well as possible pre-cancerous indications. I also check for the disease lichen planus during consultations with all of his patients including those that travel from the UK”

Oral Cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheek lining, palate and bottom of the mouth. People over the age of 40, smokers, heavy drinkers and participants of unprotected oral sex are in the highest risk categories.

We found this video explaining oral cancer from Health Canada. We think that the video provides easy to understand patient education

 

 

Related links

General Dental Council

Cancer Research

British Dental Association

 

Dentists Need to Check for Oral Cancer
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