- Clinicians should obtain an updated medical, social, and dental history and perform an intraoral and extraoral conventional visual and tactile examination in all adult patients.
- For patients with suspicious lesions, clinicians should immediately perform a biopsy of the lesion or refer the patient to a specialist.
- Salivary and light-based adjuncts are not recommended for evaluating lesions for malignancy.
Evaluation of Potentially Malignant Disorders in the Oral Cavity Clinical Practice Guideline (2017)
A panel of experts convened by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs presents a clinical practice guideline to inform clinicians about the potential use of adjuncts as triage tools for the evaluation of lesions, including potentially malignant disorders (PMDs), in the oral cavity.
- Clinical recommendations
- Systematic review
- Chairside guide
- Oral Health Topics: Cancer (head and neck)
- New Dentist Now blog: How to Evaluate Patients for Oral Cancer
- Guidance pamphlet: "Cancer Prevention through HPV Vaccination: An Action Guide for Dental Health Care Providers"
- Search JADA for research related to oral cancer
- ADA Library resources
- Instructional video on how to check patients for oral cancer