Introduction: Oral cancer is major public health problem in the Indian subcontinent, where it ranks among the top three types of cancer in the country. Materials and methods: This study was conducted among the dentists practicing in Jammu. A total of 150 randomly selected dental practitioners were enrolled in the study. For this study, a validated questionnaire of 10 questions was distributed among all the participants of the study. Results: 98 % of dentists preferred to have more training toward oral cancer diagnosis methods and treatment options available. 96 % of dentists were aware of the risk factors for oral cancer, but only 54 % of them said that they inform the patients about the risk factors of oral cancer. Conclusions: Although the basic knowledge of the dentists about oral cancer is good, it is not adequate enough and practices about risk factors had to be reinforced among these dentists so that they can help the patients in tobacco and alcohol cessation and contribute in the prevention of oral cancers.
Key words: oral cancer, dentist, awareness.