Orofacial Manifestations of Systemic Disease & Medical Therapy

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  • General Registration – $119
  • Rutgers School of Nursing Faculty, Preceptors, Students, and Alumni – $99
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Oral health is an integral component of primary care and the relationship between oral and systemic health is multi-faceted and reciprocal. Oral disease has the potential to negatively impact systemic health and quality of life. Systemic diseases could also manifest in the orofacial region-sometimes prior to their diagnosis. Positioned at the forefront of primary care and equipped with the oral health capacity, nursing professionals are in a unique position to assess and promote oral health, identify oral manifestations of diagnosed or subjectively silent systemic disease and contribute to timely diagnosis and appropriate management.

Are you able to recognize oral findings associated with diabetes, leukemia, sarcoidosis, pemphigus vulgaris, Crohn’s disease, HIV or other systemic conditions? Are you able to detect and manage oral complications of medical therapy directed at systemic diseases? This case-based presentation provides an overview of the Oral-Systemic Health connection, discusses the potential impact of oral disease on organs far from the oral cavity and illustrates how recognition of atypical oral findings could lead to timely diagnosis and improved medical outcome for underlying systemic conditions.


Upon completion of this activity, participant will be able to:

  • Comprehend the reciprocal relationship between oral and systemic health
  • Appreciate the importance of oral examination as part of comprehensive physical assessment
  • Understand the potential impact of oral disease on systemic health
  • Recognize oral manifestations of systemic conditions of hematologic, dermatologic, infectious, autoimmune, and metastatic etiology
  • Detect oral complications of therapeutic interventions for systemic diseases
  • Identify signs and symptoms of substance use disorder
  • Understand the importance of open communication between medical and dental providers for optimal, comprehensive and expedited patient care


Mahnaz Fatahzadeh DMD MSD Dip ABOM

Planners and Speakers have no conflicts of interest to disclose regarding this educational activity.

There is no commercial support or sponsorship for this activity.



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