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A trip to the dentist can sometimes give you more than you bargained for: In some cases, it's a dentist who may be the first to discover that a nagging sore or odd-looking white patch is not merely an annoyance, but an early form of oral cancer.

Dentists are the very best when it comes to finding early lesions in the mouth that could eventually wind up being cancerous. Studies show that dentists and dental hygienists may be the most thoroughly trained and the most sensitive to early, subtle changes in the mouth that could signal trouble later on. In other words, they may be able to spot problems that other primary care providers ma (More)

Understanding Oral Cancer

  • Chemotherapy and Your Mouth
  • Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer Genes
  • Genetic Counseling - Getting the Information You Need
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Nutrition During Chemotherapy and/or Radiation Treatment
  • Oral Health Care for the Cancer Patient
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Tobacco Use and Oral Cancer
  • Using Glutamine to Manage Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
  • HPV Can Cause Head and Neck Cancer - What You Should Know
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  • Could a Hard Bump on the Palate be Caused By Allergies?
  • Fibula Graft: The Best Option?
  • How Long Does the Gum Take to Heal After a Biopsy?
  • Is Jaw Replacement Successful?
  • Is Swelling at the Sublingual Salivary Gland a Symptom of Cancer?
  • What Are Possible Dysplasia Treatment Options?
  • What Is the Etiological Agent for Oral Squamous Papilloma

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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014