Role of the general dental practitioner in the early detection and referral of oral cancer
Keywords:Early Diagnosis, General Dental Practitioner, Oral Cancer, Screening
Oral cancer is a growing public health issue. It represents the 6th common cancer worldwide. The early diagnosis and treatment reduce its mortality and morbidity. Aim: to raise awareness towards the role of the general dental practitioners in the early diagnosis of oral cancer. Method: Google Scholar, PubMed, Medline, and Scopus were researched for diagnosis of oral cancer and what role might the general dental practitioners play. Result: Visual inspection and cytology are appropriate for the detection of oral cancer, but didn't reduce morbidity and mortality. General dental practitioners can contribute to early detection if they are well trained. Conclusion: the early diagnosis of oral cancer needs a wide screening, which needs involving the general dental practitioner.