Article: Volume 46 Number 6 Page 573 - June 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 573-579

Oral medicine:  Lichen Planus – The Role of the General Dental Practitioner

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Abstract: Oral lichen planus is frequently encountered in primary and secondary dental care. The soft tissues of the mouth should always be examined carefully at check-ups and any abnormality be palpated to detect change in consistency (induration) along with any changes in colour or general appearance. Such changes should prompt a referral for specialist review.

Clinical relevance: The general dental practitioner (GDP) can play a simple yet effective role in the management of lichen planus by removing obvious traumatic stimuli, improving oral hygiene and advising on simple topical treatment.

Author notes: Basim ES Dawoud, MBChB, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), Academic Foundation Doctor, Leeds General Infirmary/University of Leeds Medical School (email:, Samira H Mohamed, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), General Dental Practitioner, MyDentist 2, Manston Lane, Crossgates, Leeds, LS15 8HZ and Jonathan Wareing, BChD, MBChB, MFDS RCS(Ed), Academic Foundation Doctor Bradford Teaching Hospitals, UK.

Objective: To describe the simple yet effective role the GDP can play in the management of lichen planus.