This course has been presented to enhance the skills of practicing dentists and hygienists. We learn to perform a complete exam during our educational programs, but the ideal clinical environment and expectations sometimes change the further away we get from those formative years. The sequence may change, how we remember key points may become vague and the pressure to keep a schedule makes the oral cancer examination less likely to be performed in its entirety. This CE course has been presented in a logical sequence with key points related to normal and abnormal findings.
We have also included some documents that may be used in an office to make the patient aware that a complete oral cancer examination has been performed:
Everyone will have their own techniques and approaches to an oral cancer examination; however, telling the patient what is being performed is a key element of the total exam. Since many patients do not know they are receiving an oral cancer examination, we believe that this point should be emphasized. Some offices give patients a button/brochure stating that they have had an oral cancer examination; thereby, calling attention to the fact that the examination is vitally important. The Oral Cancer Foundation provides a lighted tongue blade and instruction on examining the mouth for patients and also buttons that can be given to patients indicating that they have had an oral cancer exam. The buttons can be obtained from the Oral Cancer Foundation at (http://www.oralcancer.org).42
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