Oral and Dental Conditions

Apr 01, 2022 Issue
Common Oral Lesions [Article]

Familiarity with common oral conditions allows clinicians to observe and treat patients in the primary care setting or refer to a dentist, oral surgeon, otolaryngologist, or other specialist. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) is the most common ulcerative condition of the oral cavity. Rec...

Mar 01, 2022 Issue
Screening and Interventions to Prevent Dental Caries in Children Younger Than 5 Years [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends that primary care clinicians prescribe oral fluoride supplementation starting at age 6 months for children whose water supply is deficient in fluoride and apply fluoride varnish to the primary teeth of all infants and children starting at the age of primary tooth eruption.

Mar 01, 2022 Issue
Screening and Interventions to Prevent Dental Caries in Children Younger Than Five Years [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: Hispanic parents who are new to your practice bring in their two children, two years of age and four months of age, for routine wellness visits. Neither child has any known chronic medical conditions, and both are current on routine immunizations. The four-month-old recently had a primar...

Nov 01, 2021 Issue
Medical Clearance for Common Dental Procedures [Article]

Medical consultations before dental procedures present opportunities to integrate cross-disciplinary preventive care and improve patient health. This article presents recommendations related to patients with certain medical conditions who are planning to undergo common dental procedures, such as cle...

Jan 1, 2021 Issue
Persistent Submandibular Abscess [Photo Quiz]

A patient presented with a nonhealing wound on the jaw.

Nov 15, 2020 Issue
Oral Manifestations of Commonly Prescribed Drugs [Article]

Many adverse drug events present intra- or periorally in isolation or as a clinical symptom. Clinical recognition and treatment of adverse drug events are important to manage drug therapy or to detect early signs of serious outcomes. Oral manifestations of commonly prescribed medications include gingival enlargement, oral hyperpigmentation, oral hypersensitivity reaction, medication-related osteonecrosis, and xerostomia. Physicians should prescribe medications using the lowest effective dose with minimal duration. Oral adverse drug events can be managed several ways, including oral hygiene instructions and medication substitution.

Jun 1, 2019 Issue
A Bump on the Gum [Photo Quiz]

A child presented with a painful, round, erythematous lesion on the gingiva of the left upper gum above the canine tooth.

Mar 1, 2019 Issue
Lesions on the Roof of the Mouth [Photo Quiz]

Dec 1, 2018 Issue
Dental Problems in Primary Care [Article]

At the turn of the millennium, the U.S. Surgeon General declared dental disease a silent epidemic. A careful oral examination reveals information about numerous systemic conditions, from nutritional deficiencies to infections and cancer.

Sep 1, 2018 Issue
A Painless Facial Nodule [Photo Quiz]

A man presented with a solitary erythematous nodule on his chin that had persisted for three months despite antibiotic treatment.

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