Actinic cheilitis in dental practice

Savage, NW, McKay, C and Faulkner, C (2010) Actinic cheilitis in dental practice. Australian Dental Journal, 55 78-84. doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01202.x

Author Savage, NW
McKay, C
Faulkner, C
Title Actinic cheilitis in dental practice
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01202.x
Volume 55
Start page 78
End page 84
Total pages 7
Place of publication St Leonard, N. S. W, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Actinic cheilitis is a potentially premalignant condition involving predominantly the vermilion of the lower lip. The aim of the current paper was to review the clinical presentation of actinic cheilitis and demonstrate the development of management plans using a series of cases. These are designed to provide immediate treatment where required but also to address the medium and long-term requirements of the patient. The authors suggest that the clinical examination of lips and the assessment of actinic cheilitis and other lip pathology become a regular part of the routine soft tissue examination undertaken as a part of the periodic examination of dental patients. Early recognition of actinic cheilitis can allow the development of strategies for individual patients that prevent progression. These are based on past sun exposure, future lifestyle changes and the daily use of emollient sunscreens, broad-brimmed hats and avoidance of sun exposure during the middle of the day. This is a service that is not undertaken as a matter of routine in general medical practice as patients are not seen with the regularity of dental patients and generally not under the ideal examination conditions available in the dental surgery.
Keyword Actinic cheilitis
Sun damage
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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