Yankee Dental Congress - Save Someone’s Life with an Extraoral Examination
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About the Event
Save Someone’s Life with an Extraoral Examination.
An extraoral examination can save a patient’s life. As clinicians, the goal is early detection and
identification of pathological lesions. The focus for dental hygienists has been oral pathology
which, as allied healthcare professionals, there are components of your extraoral examination
that have been uncharted territory.
This lecture is designed to empower the dental hygienist to make notice to specific
dermatological tell-tale-signs of systemic disease. Utilizing case studies and condition imagery to
identify early signs of cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and pre-diabetes. This lecture will
ignite a fire within every single person in the room to be more vigil regarding the extraoral
examination as they are with the intraoral.
1. Identify signs and symptoms of cardiovascular diseases, pre-cardiovascular diseases, diabetes
and insulin resistance.
2. Conduct an extraoral examination and provide documentation of potential warning signs.
3. Assess blood work including HDL/LDL, Glucose levels and associated metrics.
4. Provide specific periodontal considerations for clients with cardiovascular conditions and
This lecture is designed in an interactive power point format utilizing pictorial videos and static
imagery to identify signs and symptoms associated to the systemic conditions discussed.
We will begin by evaluating modern day blood work metrics and break apart what physicians
look at to identify the potential for systemic conditions.
As dental hygienists, you may find this information extremely useful when faced with extraoral
findings that could give us some insight on what is happening within the mouth and body.
This lecture follows the path of a patient that has a family history of systemic health conditions.
We are able to follow along over a 3 year period to see how modern day testing such as blood
work, doppler testing and physiologic evaluation has led to a diagnosis that was initially
identified by a dental hygienist. These findings that stemmed from what seemed to be a
"regular" dental hygiene visit could have saved this patients life.