Patients come to us with more than calculus and cavities. Systemic inflammation, the chronic pain that often accompanies it, and the medications used to treat the conditions can profoundly affect oral health. We must look beyond the mouth to adequately treat the increasing number of patients who live with systemic inflammatory conditions, especially the 23 % who suffer some degree of associated persistent pain.
This program presents information on the oral effects of inflammatory diseases, chronic pain, and related medications; what to look for in the health history; how to gently care for sufferers; and when to consider a medical referral. It also recommends resources and educational materials and methods that clinicians can use to treat people with these issues.
- Learn about the relationship between oral health and more than twenty systemic inflammatory diseases
- Recognize oral manifestations and health history entries associated with inflammatory diseases
- Understand how the brain and body respond to chronic pain
- Identify strategies to provide comfortable dental treatment for patients with chronic pain
- Make appropriate medical referrals for possible inflammatory diseases
- Know where to locate resources and how to educate patients about inflammatory diseases, chronic pain, and the oral side effects of the associated medications