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HPV, Oral Cancer and Identification & Management of the Dry Mouth Patient

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Saturday, 12/09/17 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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Course Description

This course for dental professionals addresses two major topics, oral cancer and the identification and management of the dry mouth patient.

Dr. Solomon will update the participants on the recently recognized changes in oral cancer with an emphasis on the recently recognized oropharyngeal cancers caused by infection with human papilloma virus (HPV). The etiology, diagnosis, incidence, demographics, prognosis and management of oral cancer will be discussed. Clinical examples of the high risk sites for oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma will be presented. Clinical signs and symptoms will be reviewed with an emphasis on new standards for extraoral and intraoral examination.

Dr. Zunt will present on the patient with dry mouth or salivary gland hypofunction can have significant oral and dental challenges including discomfort, ulcers, candidiasis and dental caries.  It can be alarming to dental hygienist and the patient when suddenly they begin to have dental caries.  By recognizing the clinical signs and symptoms, the dentist / dental hygienist / dental assistant can perform objective measurement tests to determine the unstimulated salivary flow rate. Based on these measurements, treatment recommendations can be make involving hydration, over the counter products and prescription medications or electrical appliances can be made.  Lifelong care will be needed to compensate for low salivary flow. 

Course Schedule

9:00AM - 1:00PM

Instructor Bio

Dr. Lynn W. Solomon received her DDS, a certificate in oral pathology and a MS degree in Oral Sciences from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Currently Dr. Solomon is an associate professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, where she is the course director for the pre- and post-doc courses in Oral Histology & Embryology and the course director for the Internal Medicine for Dentists predoctoral course.

Susan Zunt, DDS, MS is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Chair of the Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology at Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, Indiana, and member of the Oral Pathology Group Laboratory diagnostic biopsy service. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. Her research and practice interests include oral manifestations of disease, oral cancer and precancer and diagnosis and management of salivary gland dysfunction.

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Educational Objectives and Benefits:

At the end of the presentation the participant will know how to:

  • Recognize clinical findings which are suspicious for oral squamous cell carcinoma
  • Describe the mechanism of carcinogenesis driven by human papilloma virus infection
  • Understand treatment and prognosis for patients with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Perform the steps of a thorough extraoral and intraoral patient examination
  • Recognize the clinical signs and symptoms of dry mouth/salivary gland hypofunction
  • Objectively measure salivary flow
  • Monitor subjective findings of dry mouth
  • Treat dry mouth/ salivary gland hypofunction
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Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The College is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education, approved AGD/PACE program 

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