Oral Pathology

Oral Health Effects of Head and Neck Radiation

A collaborative treatment plan is necessary for patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, as they are susceptible to side effects that manifest in various tissues of the oral cavity. By Andrea Ravidà, DDS, MS, and Fernando Suárez López del Amo, DDS, MS

Managing Orofacial Pain

Oral health professionals should be prepared to address chronic idiopathic or dysfunctional orofacial pain conditions. By Vandana Singh, BDS, MMSc; Reid Friesen, DDS; and Pallavi Parashar, BDS, DDS, FRCD(C)

Detecting Gingival Cancer

As complications of medication use negatively impact oral comfort, function, and quality of life, Clinicians should assess patients' drug regimens to determine oral health risks. By Joshua E. Lubek, DDS, MD, FACS

Third Molar Removal

While the decision to remove third molars without the presence of pathology has become controversial, this case study illustrates the risks of leaving them intact. By Jennifer S. Sherry, RDH, MSEd; Sandi Watts, MHA, RTR, ARRT; Samantha Hennig, RDH, BSDH; and Molly Hogan, RDH, BSDH

Addressing Ulcerations of the Oral Cavity

Oral health professionals need to be able to recognize the sometimes subtle signs of victimization in order to effectively assist this vulnerable population. By Reid Friesen, DDS; Vandana Singh, BDS, MMSc; and Pallavi Parashar, BDS, DDS, FRCD(C)

Bridging the HPV Knowledge Gap

As many patients are unaware of the association between the human papillomavirus and oral cancer, oral health professionals are charged with educating patients on this important topic. By Christina A. Demopoulos, DDS, MPH; Tanis Stewart, MPA, MBA, PhD; and Marcia M. Ditmyer, PhD, MCHES

Caring for Patients Undergoing Immunotherapy

Understanding immune response is key to effectively detecting and managing the oral side effects of this treatment. By Tara Johnson, RDH, PhD

Hepatitis C—A Silent Killer

With increasing numbers of hepatitis C virus infections, oral health professionals need to advise their baby boomer patients to seek testing. By Kandis V. Garland, RDH, MS, and Rachelle Williams, RDH, MS

The New Liquid Biopsy

Salivary diagnostic testing is poised to move the dental setting into primary, preventive care. By Barbara Kunselman, RDH, MS, and Mary Kaye Scaramucci, RDH, MS

Caring For Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Dental hygienists are well positioned to identify, treat, and refer patients who present with suspected or confirmed EDS signs and symptoms.
By Darlene J. Swigart, RDH, BS

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