Linking Dermatology and Dentistry

Part I: Looking Beyond the Oral Cavity

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Lisa Dowst-Mayo, RDH, BSDH

Abstract

Dental professionals are well educated in head and neck anatomy as well as full body pathology. We are in a unique position within the healthcare community to identify inconsistencies of the head and neck since we are commonly spending a significant period of time with our patients. Observing and examining exposed areas of the head and neck enables dental professionals to provide early identification, intervention and referral as needed. Part one of this course is designed to enhance the dental practitioner's knowledge of common skin conditions. Part two will present treatment options for those conditions. By integrating evidence-based dentistry with evidence-based dermatology, comprehensive patient care will improve.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:

  1. Review skin anatomy and physiology.
  2. Discuss the chemistry behind aging skin including free radical damage to cells
  3. Discuss how human skin ages and why wrinkles, blemishes and hyperpigmentation increase with advancing age.
  4. Identify skin lesions that need referral to a specialist.
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