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Parul Dua Makkar, DDS

When a Dentist Dies of Oral Cancer: The Need for Early Diagnosis

Friday, April 12   |   8:00 AM-9:00 AM
One (1) CE Hour  | Category B

Course Description
Early detection and early treatment are the key to surviving an oral cancer diagnosis. As dental professionals on the front line, diligence in screening during examination is crucial for early detection and diagnosis.

In this essential course, we will identify patient risk factors, explore the statistics, and discuss the importance and effectiveness of HPV vaccinations. Together we will delve into the basic screening examination and documentation protocols, as well as illuminate signs, symptoms, and enhanced early detection tools. Together we will explore staging and treatment options. We will also give emphasis to skills for communicating results and referral protocols.

Target Audience: All Dental Professionals

Course Objectives

  • What is oral cancer vs oropharyngeal cancers and why rates are increasing
  • What are risk factors
  • How to document lesions, soft tissue, hard tissue
  • When and whom to refer
  • How to screen patients and screening importance
  • How to help patients undergoing cancer treatments
  • Sharing a personal aspect of cancer


Speaker Bio

Dr. Parul Dua Makkar completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999, Magna Cum Laude and then earned her DDS from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 2003. She practiced in Alberta, Canada before moving to New York. In New York, she completed a GPR training at Staten Island University Hospital in 2007 and has been in private practice since. She is the owner of PDM Family Dental in Long Island, NY, where she resides in with her husband and two boys. 

Dr. Makkar’s life took a different trajectory when she lost her only and younger sibling, Dr. Manu Dua, to oral cancer last year. He was a dentist as well. Since his death, she devotes her time educating doctors and patients alike about risk factors, prevention and advocating for early diagnosis of oral cancer. She has co-authored several dental journal articles, presented lectures to dentists, has been a guest on several podcasts, and created her own podcast. She believes oral care is the gateway to overall wellbeing and aims to have open conversations with her patients.

Dr. Parul Dua Makkar has been featured in the American, Canadian and British Dental Journals. She is the recipient of the Denobi Awards 2022, as well as Long Island Excellence in Healthcare 2022, and Power Woman of Long Island 2022. She has also been awarded the Outstanding Women’s Achievement Award by Indian American Forum 2023 and named Healthcare Hero in May 2023. She has also co-authored of the book ‘Life Interrupted, Dr. Dua’s Survival Guide’ which is a winner of CIPA EVVY Award for Motivational/ Inspirational books and was named a Distinguished Favorite by the NYC Big Book Award. Dr. Makkar is currently serving as a Wellness Ambassador to the American Dental Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Makkar can be reached at and is active on Instagram at @pdmfamilydental or @duagoodjob.