Paras B. Patel DDS, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist, who obtained his dental degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in 2011. Dr. Patel went on to practice general dentistry for a couple of years in the Lubbock area working on a mobile dental unit with a federally qualified health center. In 2014, he began his residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology at TAMU (Baylor) College of Dentistry. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Patel took a position at the college of dentistry, and is currently a full-time faculty member in the department of diagnostic sciences. He maintains a clinical practice actively seeing patients who suffer from various oral diseases in the stomatology center at the college of dentistry and is an active surgical pathologist in a busy biopsy service. Dr. Patel’s previous work experience and curiosity have shaped his approach to diagnosis and management of disease.
As oral cancer has received more publicity in the last few decades, particularly with evidence of Human Papillomavirus infection and its relationship to oropharyngeal cancer, the oral healthcare provider should feel comfortable about educating and discussing these pathologic processes with their patients. Our discussion will provide a brief overview of the raw statistics and predicted rates of both oral and oropharyngeal cancer. We will go into detail about what populations are at risk as well as discuss the risk factors that contribute to the development of oral cancer. Additionally, and most importantly, we will identify the clinical characteristics of oral premalignant and malignant lesions, and discuss available detection methods for those lesions that are clinically suspicious.
Often quoted as “the gateway to the body” the oral cavity can serve as a window allowing for the early detection of underlying systemic diseases and conditions. Not only are oral healthcare providers in a position to aid in early diagnosis, they can also play a critical role as members of a true multidisciplinary team in respect to disease monitoring and management. Now more than ever, general awareness of the manifestations of systemic diseases should be considered as an innate responsibility regardless of specialty or practice. This course will focus on those manifestations of systemic diseases and conditions that are common to the oral cavity and in some cases may be the herald for the underlying disease process. While many of the diseases and conditions that will be discussed require a team approach to management, we will briefly cover treatment options that are relevant to the oral healthcare provider.
This course will provide a brief overview of those lesions that are common to the oral cavity with a discussion on etiologic factors as well as clinical presentation and any relevant demographic information that can aid in clinical diagnosis. Additionally, there will be a discussion on current treatment options to better allow the oral healthcare provider to adequately manage affected individuals.
Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144