April 19, 2007
The only oral pathology I have seen this semester in clinic was a teenager with noctine stomatits, which was located on the hard palate. I wasn't sure what it was when I saw it, it looked like there was just a white coating on the palate with a bunch of little red dots. After looking at the extra-oral exam form, and being told by her dental student, I realized it was nicotine stomatits. Her dental student pulled me aside and asked me to really try and put an important emphasis on tobacco cessation since she was so young, and this was already developing. He said he has been trying for two years, but hoped that being a female, and someone new I might be able to change her mind. She was very open and willing to listen to what I had to say and said it was something to consider but that it wasn't the right time. It really makes you wonder what the right time would be..
Posted by skpierze at April 19, 2007 02:34 PM