Journal of International Oral Health

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66--69

Role of the dentist in early detection of oral cancer


Nasser Alqhtani1, Adel Alenazi1, Fazil Arshad Nasyam1, Sultan A Almalki2, Alshammari Mohammed1 
1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostics Sciences, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dental Public Health, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Fazil Arshad Nasyam
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostics Sciences, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz University, Al-Kharj
Saudi Arabia

Aims: The aim of the study is to appraise the awareness levels among dentists of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) regarding oral cancer. Materials and Methods: A survey based on questionnaire was done to evaluate the acquaintance levels regarding oral cancer among the dentists working in the governmental and private dental clinic, Riyadh city, KSA. Results: Majority of the patients were male (57.9%, n = 117), most were working in private clinics (57.4%, n = 116), graduated within 15 years (2003–2018) (89.1%, n = 180), and general practitioners (78.7%, n = 159). The variation between knowledge and age, gender, year of graduation, and specialty (P > 0.05) among dentists was insignificant. Conclusion: For early detection of oral cancers, dentists have a vital role as they are the persons who see and observe oral cavity during routine dental checkups and can help identify suspicious lesions before having any symptoms.


How to cite this article:
Alqhtani N, Alenazi A, Nasyam FA, Almalki SA, Mohammed A. Role of the dentist in early detection of oral cancer.J Int Oral Health 2019;11:66-69


How to cite this URL:
Alqhtani N, Alenazi A, Nasyam FA, Almalki SA, Mohammed A. Role of the dentist in early detection of oral cancer. J Int Oral Health [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Jun 21 ];11:66-69
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