I just got home from the dentist and am distressed about the lack of attention my dentist and his staff pay to oral cancer screenings. Is there is a way for you to help? I like my dentist and his hygienist does a great job, but it all stops there. It is noted in my chart that I want an oral cancer screening. They know my husband is an oral cancer survivor! Is that not enough of a reason?
I have to ask for a screening each and every time; Today, when the hygienist completed my cleaning I asked for an oral cancer check, and she replied, “Dr. N. does that with his exam.” Dr. N. came in, checked my x-rays, looked over my teeth, asked me to stick out my tongue, which he grabbed and quickly flipped side to side and then extended his hand to say good-bye! Yep, that was it! He did not palpate ANYTHING!
Rather than become hostile, what should I say? Dr. N, his associate Dr. P. and their staff at both offices need continuing education! It is so disheartening that these “young” newly trained dental professionals lack attention to oral cancer.
Will love to hear your thoughts.
Rose from PA
Hi Eva,I am very appreciative of the words you provide in giving me a sense of what to say. I have only been going to this dentist for about two years. I will absolutely take your advice and write a letter to my dentist, enclose a six-step card, and hand deliver it.I will let you know how I make out.Thanks again,Rose