Oral Medicine Secrets – this helpful mini reference offers practical tips, answers, and secrets from experts specializing in various areas of oral medicine
Oral Medicine Secrets has become an important part of dental practice. The population is aging, and with better medical management, patients with many signi ficant chronic diseases are living longer. The amount and number of medications bein g consumed have skyrocketed. Patients take drugs to manage diseases, modulate symptoms, and prevent new pathology. With an emphasis on medical cost-containment, patients who, in the past, were hospitalized are now treated on an ambulatory basis. The bottom line for us is that there are a lot of patients with systemic disease who will regularly seek dental care, and these patients expect that the dentist will be able to deliver sophisticated treatment despite any underlying pathology. Dental management of medically compromised patients has thus become a routine part of dental practice.
Furthermore, many patients are affected by the lumps, bumps, blisters, ulcers, and white lesions that affect the mouth. Although most of these are benign, many represent diseases that affect morbidity and mortality.
All three of us have taught oral medicine to dentists, physicians, residents, and students. We like the subject and we like to teach. The question and answer format of Oral Medicine Secrets is not dissimilar to the dialogue that takes place between student and teacher on rounds or at seminars. While Oral Medicine Secrets should not replace the many excellent texts in oral medicine and oral pathology on your bookshelf, we think that we have captured the key elements of oral medicine in a very pragmatic format.
We would like to thank Bill Lamsback and Linda Belfus at Hanley & Belfus for their advice, assistance, and patience.