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Olfaction in dentistry.
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PMID:  19732354     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Practitioners of oral medicine frequently encounter patients with complaints of taste disturbance. While some such complaints represent pathological processes specific to the gustatory system, per se, this is rarely the case. Unless taste-bud mediated qualities such as sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami, chalky, or metallic are involved, 'taste' dysfunction inevitably reflects damage to the sense of smell. Such 'taste' sensations as chicken, chocolate, coffee, raspberry, steak sauce, pizza, and hamburger are dependent upon stimulation of the olfactory receptors via the nasopharynx during deglutition. In this paper, we briefly review the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the olfactory system, along with means for clinically assessing its function. The prevalence, etiology, and nature of olfactory disorders commonly encountered in the dental clinic are addressed, along with approaches to therapy and patient management.
S M Bromley; R L Doty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review     Date:  2009-08-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oral diseases     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1601-0825     ISO Abbreviation:  Oral Dis     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-08     Completed Date:  2010-07-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508565     Medline TA:  Oral Dis     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  221-32     Citation Subset:  D    
Department of Neurology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Olfaction Disorders / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  therapy
Olfactory Perception / physiology*
Olfactory Receptor Neurons / physiology
Smell / physiology*
Taste / physiology
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