Oncology - Saber Dentária
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Pathology consultation

The dental practitioner should at any routine consultation look for lesions in the oral cavity even if this is not the reason the patient went to the appointment. In case of suspected injury, surveillance should be maintained for 10 days. If it persists, the dentist should perform additional diagnostic tests that may include a biopsy of the lesion.


Forms of treatment

The main treatment of oral cancer is surgery when diagnosed at a late stage and eventually supplemented by radiotherapy.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the warning signs?

In the presence of the following findings you should consult your dentist or specialist:


– Sore with a duration longer than 10 days;
– Persistent pain in the oral cavity;
– Wound or tumor in the mouth;
– Difficulty in chewing or swallowing (odynophagia);
– Difficulty in the movement of the tongue;
– Sensation of loss of sensibility in the tongue;
– Sensation of foreign body in the mouth;
– Loss of teeth;
– Intentional weight loss;
– Voice changes.

How can I avoid having oral cancer?

Early diagnosis of oral cancer is the main factor in the treatment of oral cancer, allowing a better success in treatment and prognosis of life, so you should make routine appointments to your dentist.


In behavioral terms, the following habits are probably associated with a lower incidence of oral cancer:

– Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking;
– Maintain proper oral hygiene;
– Avoid obesity;
– Healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts;
– Promote physical activity;
– Limit salt consumption;
– Promote breastfeeding (beneficial for mothers and babies).


If you suspect an alarm signal (referred to above), you should consult your dentist or family doctor immediately. It is essential to consult your dentist twice a year for a screening appointment.

What is cancer?

of a certain group of cells that remains in division even after the cessation of the stimulus that initiated this multiplication.


In other words, a cancerous mass grows autonomously and “against the will” of the organism itself. Not all tumors are malignant.


The behavior can be classified as malignant when tumor growth invades the surrounding tissues or sends cells to other parts of the body (metastases) or benign, when they are encapsulated and do not invade adjacent tissues.


There are about 2560 new cases per year of oral cancer in Portugal. Early diagnosis of oral cancer allows a better success in the treatment and prognosis of life. The dentist is on the first line of diagnosis of oral cancer. Tobacco and alcohol are the major behavioral factors in the development of oral cancer. It is essential to consult your dentist twice a year for a screening visit (screening for oral cancer).

The opinion of our specialists

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