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A Spoonful of Oral Medicine

Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen

BDSc (UniMelb), MRACDS (GDP), DClinDent (Oral Med) (UWA), MRACDS (OralMed), Cert ADL, FOMAA, FPFA, FICD

Oral Medicine Specialist

Perth, Western Australia

Welcome to A Spoonful of Oral Medicine, where I dish up bite-sized chunks of oral medicine targeted toward health professionals!

This does not constitute personalised medical advice. Please do not use images without credit.

Please enjoy, and I do hope to hear from you! 

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What is Oral Medicine?

Updated: Sep 5, 2019

I get asked this a lot.. so I created a short video!

Oral Medicine is that specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and predominantly non-surgical management of medically-related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, in particular oral mucosal disease and orofacial pain, as well as the oral health care of medically complex patients.

The Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia is the peak body representing Oral Medicine Specialists and the field of Oral Medicine, and is the authoritative adviser and policy maker on matters related to education, training, assessment and accreditation in Oral Medicine.

Oral Diseases and Disorders we see include:

White, red and pigmented lesions

Ulcers and blisters

Lumps, bumps and tumours

Oral cancer and precancer lesions

Oral infections such as thrush and cold sores

Salivary gland dysfunction and dry mouth

Abnormal sensations of the mouth, including burning sensation

Oral allergies and adverse reactions to drugs

Oral complications of systemic diseases

Bad breath

Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction we see include:

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD/TMJ)

Jaw muscle pain

Joint arthritis

Jaw joint clicking and locking

Teeth grinding and clenching (Bruxism)

Facial and trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain)

Burning and sore mouth

Persistent toothache


We also see patients for oral appliance provision for snoring and obstructive sleep aponea.


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