The latest collection of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores several topics beginning with a case study on a survey about hand pain in dental students.
Dentists can also earn continuing education credit directly through this collection by reading a case report on xanthogranuloma of the palate in an adult and successfully completing an online quiz. Most CDA Journal collections offer dentists an opportunity to earn C.E.
A survey completed in 2018-19 by 373 dental students and postgraduates at the New York University College of Dentistry assessed the prevalence of and identified behaviors associated with hand musculoskeletal pain.
The authors of this case study found that musculoskeletal pain may be common among students and residents. While most reported that pain was only mild and fleeting, the pain could be severe and prolonged for some students.
“While dental school programs typically provide students lectures on body ergonomics, specific training on hand ergonomics appears warranted,” the authors concluded.
Dentists may be the first to recognize adult oral xanthogranuloma on the palatal mucosa during inspection of the oral cavity, though a clinical diagnosis is difficult due to the condition’s rare occurrence in adults and because oral lesions may present a wide range of clinical features leading to various misdiagnoses.
This case report documents only the second occurrence of the condition in adults.
Dentists can read the case report, then successfully complete an online quiz to earn .5 units C.E.
Elsewhere in this collection, readers will find the narrative review “Oral Cavity Is the Gateway to the Body: Role of Oral Health Professionals,” guidance on obtaining legal consent for nonverbal adults and tips on providing patients with timely and required access to patient records, plus dentistry news and technology trends.
Read the collection.