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Common oral conditions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8677838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although some oral lesions, such as torus palatinus, are normal variants, and others, such as benign migratory glossitis, are self-limited, several common oral conditions require prompt diagnosis and treatment to reduce the potential for serious complications. Treatment of dental and periodontal abscesses may include incision and drainage, antibiotic therapy, pain control and dental extraction. Treatment of sialolithiasis (blockage of the salivary gland ducts) may require application of moist heat, antibiotics and surgical removal of impacted stones. Hyperkeratosis, a white patch on the oral mucosa that does not rub off or bleed (as does the white patch of candidiasis) commonly occurs in persons who use smokeless tobacco products. The lesion may require biopsy if it still persists two to four weeks after discontinuation of the tobacco product. Squamous cell carcinoma, which accounts for 95 percent of all oral cancers and is most commonly associated with alcohol and tobacco use, is usually asymptomatic until the late stage of the disease. Suspicious lesions should be biopasied to confirm the diagnosis.
J L Kretzschmar; D P Kretzschmar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  1996 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-08-14     Completed Date:  1996-08-14     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-34     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Mouth Diseases / diagnosis*

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