White plaques of the oral mucosa

A 71-year-old woman reported a 1-year history of “sores and white patches on the tongue and inner cheeks with a fuzzy sensation of the mouth” and muted taste. She was examined by multiple providers, including her primary care provider and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. She was prescribed magic mouthwash (containing lidocaine, diphenhydramine, and aluminum …

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Sleep bruxism

The concept of sleep bruxism (SB) has evolved exponentially over the past several decades. Many theories and hypotheses have been proposed as to the definition, pathophysiology, and management of SB, from the early 1960s through the present. The role of peripheral factors, such as dental occlusion, in the pathogenesis of SB has been discarded.

Optimizing radiation safety in dentistry

The value of dental radiographs to oral health care decision making must be balanced with radiation safety to minimize patient exposure and occupational risk of oral health care providers. This review summarizes recommendations and regulatory guidance regarding dental radiography and cone-beam computed tomography. An expert panel presents recommendations on radiation safety, appropriate imaging practices, and …

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In January JADA’s Continuing Education test for CE Article 1 (“Trajectories of Opioid Prescribing by General Dentists, Specialists, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the United States, 2015-2019”), none of the 4 answer choices for Question 2 provided the correct percentage.

Oral papulonodular lesions in a 10-year-old girl

A 10-year-old Hispanic girl with no prior medical conditions or known allergies came to the oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic for evaluation of painless oral lesions of 6 months’ duration. Before her appearance at the clinic, she was seen at an urgent care center with symptoms of sore throat, erythema, and painless swelling of the …

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