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Dental recalls are useful for detecting oral cancer

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:803
  1. André F Haigh, dental surgeon
  1. 202 Springvale Road, Sheffield S6 3NU

    EDITOR—Two letters have been prompted by Kay's editorial questioning the validity of the six monthly dental recall.1 I agree with Kay: there should be evidence supporting recall intervals. I am not convinced, though, that the argument should be focused on disease progression in either the dentition or the periodontium.

    The role of the dental practitioner is not that of tooth technician but that of oral physician. Over 1900 new cases of oral cancer occur per year.2 Oral …

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