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Oral Medicine Scope of Practice

Updated: Apr 26

Just for fun!

I compiled the oral medicine alphabet below, reflecting the scope of practice of an oral medicine specialist through a list of disorders typically seen in oral medicine practices.

A: Aphthous ulcers (canker sores); Actinic cheilitis; Amalgam tattoo

B: Burning mouth syndrome; Behcet’s disease

C: Candidiasis (fungal infection); Crohn’s disease oral lesions

D: Dry mouth; Desquamative gingivitis; Disc displacement disorders of the TMJ

E: Erythema multiforme; Erythroleukoplakia (red/white potentially malignant lesion)

F: Fibroma; Fissured tongue; Fordyce granules

G: Glossopharyngeal neuralgia: Geographic tongue; Graft versus host disease (oral)

H: Halitosis; Hairy leukoplakia; Headache; Herpes zoster (shingles)

I: Indurated lesion

J: Jaw pain; Jaw locking

K: Kaposi sarcoma (oral)

L: Lichen planus; Lichenoid mucositis; Leukoplakia (white potentially malignant lesion)

M: Myofascial pain muscles of mastication (muscle pain); Mucous membrane pemphigoid; Mucocele; Melanoma (rare); Melanotic macule: Melanoacanthoma

N: Neuropathic pain (nerve pain)

O: Oral cancer; Orofacial granulomatosis; Osteoarthritis of TMJ

P: Pemphigus vulgaris; Proliferative verrucous leukoplakia; Pyogenic granuloma

Q: Quarantine (I had to come up with something!)

R: Recurrent herpes labialis (fever blisters); Ranula

S: Sjogren syndrome; Squamous cell carcinoma; Submucous fibrosis; Squamous papilloma (wart): Shingles

T: Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD/TMJ); Trismus (locked jaw); Trigeminal neuralgia; Tobacco pouch keratosis

U: Ulcers

V: Verrucous carcinoma; Verruca vulgaris (wart)

W: White sponge nevus; Wegener’s granulomatosis

X: Xerostomia (dry mouth)

Y: Yellow pseudomembrane (covering layer of canker sores)

Z: Zinc deficiency

© 2021. The Oral Medicine Specialist - Dr. Chizobam Idahosa


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