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October JADA has new oral cavity evaluation guideline

October 20, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

All adult dental patients should receive an intraoral and extraoral conventional visual and tactile examination when visiting their dentists, according to ADA-developed recommendations published in the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

The clinical recommendation is one of six stated in "Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation of Potentially Malignant Disorders in the Oral Cavity." The guideline offers clinicians an overview about the potential use of adjuncts as triage tools for the evaluation of lesions, including potentially malignant disorders, in the oral cavity.

Other key takeaways of the guideline, available to read online, include:

When examining their patients, dentists need to distinguish among mouths with no lesions, mouths with seemingly innocuous lesions and mouths with lesions suspected to be potentially malignant or malignant and act accordingly.

For lesions suspected to be malignant, an immediate biopsy of the lesion or referral to a specialist is recommended.

The article laying out the guideline is the cover story of the October issue of JADA and is available online at