Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine Western University of Health Sciences
College of Dental Medicine


Course NameUpdate in Oral Cancer Screening

SpeakerJoel Laudenbach, DMD

Presentation Summary: 

The oral cancer screening examination technique will be reviewed in detail including the necessary armamentarium and important locations for visualization/palpation. Common oral lesions and head/neck swellings observed in dental practice will be presented, along with helpful recognition/diagnostic strategies. Attendees will learn to recognize when additional testing and/or specialty referrals are indicated. Adjunctive and biopsy techniques will be reviewed including tissue reflectance, tissue fluorescence, toluidine blue dye, cytology (i.e., smear and brush cytology) and conventional scalpel biopsy. Oral lesion management strategies will be discussed throughout the presentation. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. More confidently and effectively perform the oral cancer screening examination
  2. Improve recognition/detection of common oral lesions seen in dental practice.
  3. Make better clinical/practice decisions regarding adjunctive, conventional & biopsy techniques.

About Dr. Laudenbach

Dr. Laudenbach received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and completed the general practice residency program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1999. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Laudenbach completed residency / fellowship in oral medicine and geriatric dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Laudenbach is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and maintains a private oral medicine practice in Beverly Hills and Tarzana, California. Current appointments include: assistant professor of Oral Medicine & Geriatric Dentistry at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine and medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.