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Oral Health

  • Creator:   The Nurse Practitioner
  • Updated:   1/9/2019
  • Contains:  7 items
A collection of articles covering oral health.

Periodontal disease in children with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Wooton, Angela K.; Melchior, Lynne M.; Coan, Lorinda L.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 43(2):30-35, February 16, 2018.

Collaborative efforts between health team members can advance early detection of children with elevated blood glucose levels, preventing hyperglycemia and periodontal diseases. Rates of obesity are increasing in children, impacting the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and periodontal diseases. Collaborative care between nurse practitioners and dental hygienists can detect, prevent, and treat periodontal disease in children.

Oral squamous cell carcinoma: Focusing on interprofessional collaboration

Janotha, Brenda L.; Tamari, Katrin

The Nurse Practitioner. 42(4):26-30, April 16th, 2017.

Incidence of oral cancer is rising, and often, cases are not discovered until the cancer has metastasized to the lymphatic system. Most oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas associated with high mortality. This article reviews oral squamous cell carcinoma relevant to primary care practice, focusing on an interprofessional approach to care.

Dental avulsions: Review and recommendations

Hicks, Rodney W.; Green, Roger; Van Wicklin, Sharon A.

The Nurse Practitioner. 41(6):58-62, June 19th, 2016.

Tooth avulsion injuries are common. This article reviews the causes of tooth avulsion and provides management guidelines. Recommendations for NP education and practice are reviewed.

Maintaining oral health across the life span

Jablonski, Rita; Mertz, Elizabeth; Featherstone, John D.B.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(6):39-48, June 15th, 2014.

Oral health is directly related to systemic health, yet many Americans have limited to no access to dental health professionals. Nurse practitioners are in an excellent position to fill this void by providing caries risk assessments, chemical therapy to stop caries progression, and appropriate patient education to prevent caries.

An oral health program for children

Berger, Carol; Bachman, Jean; Casalone, Gregory G.; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 39(2):48-53, February 15th, 2014.

Caries, the most infectious chronic disease of childhood in America, leads to health, learning, and quality-of-life issues. Using the Missouri Preventive Service Program model, a pilot oral health program for children from birth to 5 years of age in a rural health clinic was the first to implement the application of fluoride varnish.