What is oral medicine?

Oral medicine refers to the oral health care of patients with medically-related disorders of the oral and maxillofacial region. It integrates medicine and dentistry to promote optimum health of patients. Oral medicine specialists utilize clinical and diagnostic techniques for the diagnosis and non-surgical management of medically-related oral disorders and conditions, such as:

  • Diseases of the oral mucous membranes or mouth lining and lips
  • Salivary gland diseases and dry mouth disorders
  • Facial pain syndromes and oral or facial nerve pain
  • Halitosis, or bad breath
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and jaw muscle conditions

In addition, oral medicine specialists provide dental care for patients with complex medical problems.

What does oral medicine mean to me?

Oral Medicine specialists work at the intersection of dentistry and medicine. They treat a wide variety of conditions of the face and oral cavity including oral mucosal diseases, orofacial pain conditions, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), disorders of the salivary glands and dry mouth, oral complications related to cancer treatments and provide dental care for patients with complex medical problems.

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