The Crucial Role of Dentists in Detecting and Preventing Oral Cancer
Tobacco use, including smoking cigarettes and chewing
tobacco, is strongly linked to an increased risk of developing oral cancer.
Oral cancer refers to cancers that affect the mouth, including the lips,
tongue, cheeks, gums, and throat. The harmful substances present in tobacco,
such as nicotine and various chemicals, can damage the cells in the mouth and
lead to the development of cancerous growths.
Regular and prolonged tobacco use significantly raises the
chances of developing oral cancer. Smoking cigarettes exposes the mouth to
carcinogens, which are substances known to cause cancer. Chewing tobacco,
including products like snuff and chewing tobacco, also poses a risk due to the
direct contact of these harmful substances with the tissues in the mouth.
It's important to note that quitting tobacco use, even after
years of usage, can significantly reduce the risk of developing oral cancer.
Regular dental check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene are also crucial for
early detection and prevention of oral cancer. If you have concerns about oral
health or tobacco use, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare
professional for personalized advice and support.
Dentists play a critical role in detecting and preventing
oral cancer. Here are some key aspects of their involvement:
Oral Examinations: During routine dental check-ups,
dentists thoroughly examine the oral cavity, including the lips, tongue,
cheeks, gums, and throat, for any signs of abnormalities or potential cancerous
lesions. They look for changes in tissue color, texture, and shape, as well as
any unusual lumps or sores.
Risk Assessment: Dentists assess a patient's risk factors
for oral cancer, including tobacco and alcohol use, family history, and sun
exposure. They may ask specific questions to identify potential risk factors
and determine an individual's likelihood of developing oral cancer.
Education and Counseling: Dentists educate their patients
about the risks associated with tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and
other lifestyle factors that contribute to oral cancer. They provide guidance
on quitting tobacco, reducing alcohol intake, and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Dentists also offer information about self-examinations and how to recognize
early signs of oral cancer.
Referrals and Collaboration: If a dentist detects any
suspicious lesions or abnormalities during an oral examination, they may refer
the patient to an oral surgeon or an oncologist for further evaluation and
diagnosis. Dentists collaborate with other healthcare professionals to ensure
comprehensive care and appropriate management of oral cancer cases.
Follow-up and Monitoring: Dentists regularly monitor
high-risk patients and those who have had a history of oral cancer or
precancerous lesions. They schedule periodic check-ups and conduct thorough
examinations to detect any changes or potential recurrence of the disease.
By actively participating in oral cancer detection and
prevention, dentists contribute to early diagnosis, timely treatment, and improved
outcomes for their patients. According to Dr Sonia Khorana-Oral pathologist
and oncologist.With Regular dental checkups, It is possible to catch oral
cancer signs early in its precancerous stage.
If you spot anything out of the ordinary in your mouth, visit
your dentist or fix up for a dental checkup with us Call 9810865310
Dr Sonia Khorana
Senior Consultant & Dental Surgeon
Metro Hospital, Noida