Comprehensive Oral Exam

Format Publication ID Version Published
Presentation 9296 1 December 17, 2012
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Description

Oral health is an integral component of total body health. Many systemic conditions have the potential to impact oral health and the latter can adversely compromise systemic health. A thorough physical examination also includes evaluation of the oral cavity and its associated structures, to screen for signs of local and systemic diseases. This presentation is intended for primary care providers of the dental and medical profession whose practice is aimed at disease prevention and early detection. It provides detailed directions on how to conduct a systematic examination of the oral cavity and use appropriate descriptive terminology to document oral mucosal findings. 

Citation

Rosenheck A, Fatahzadeh M. Comprehensive Oral Exam. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9296

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To perform the sequence of steps in a comprehensive Oral Examination (COE). 
  2. To identify and use all materials and equipment needed for a COE. 
  3. To communicate and interact appropriately with the patient during COE 
  4. To identify the anatomic parts of the head and neck which are examined during a COE. 
  5. To describe intraoral oral findings using appropriate descriptive terminology. 
  6. To record the results of a COE on a standard form. 

Keywords

  • Head and Neck Examination, Lymph Nodes (MeSH), Extraoral, Intraoral, Mouth (MeSH), Salivary Glands (MeSH), Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection

Specialty

  • Medical
    • Family Medicine
    • Preventive Medicine

Discipline

  • Dental
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment
    • Clinical Exam
    • Health Promotion
    • Preventive Dentistry
    • Preventive Medicine

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
  • Dental
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Exam

Professional Interest

  • Assessment
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Organ Systems

  • Lymphatic system

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
  • Lecture

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