Many viruses affecting the US population have intra- and extraoral manifestations; this is especially true of the herpes family of viruses. This course is an evidence-based presentation of the human herpesvirus (HHV) infections that produce symptoms in and around the oral cavity. Treatment options and therapies for alleviating discomfort from oral lesions will be discussed as well as potential conditions/lesions to be included in the differential diagnosis. Dental professionals play a major role in assisting with diagnosis of HHV infections.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the pathogenesis of human herpesvirus (HHV) infections affecting the oral cavity and head/neck region
- Identify oral lesions associated with HHV infections
- Discuss treatment options and palliative procedures for alleviating symptoms of HHV infections
- Explain the hygienist’s role in assisting the dentist with diagnosis of HHV infections
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