n South African Dental Journal - Physician and dental surgeon’s roles in diagnosing hypertension in association with Lichen Planus and Geographic Tongue - the perspective of a clinician - letter to the editor

Volume 74 Number 10
  • ISSN : 1029-4864
  • E-ISSN: 2519-0105



Closer liaison between dentistry and medicine is increasingly relevant. The author presents an intriguing possibility which will strengthen that relationship. Readers are invited to respond.

Dear Editor,

Hypertension is a serious medical condition resulting in a high degree of mortality if undiagnosed and untreated in the early stages of its progression. Although public awareness of this cardiac manifestation has increased, asymptomatic cases still go undetected and untreated, resulting in complications.

The general physician (GP) is the first line of interaction with patients presenting varying degrees of hypertension. The dental surgeon (DS) encounters a wide range of patients with oral manifestations of Lichen Planus and Geographic Tongue (Benign migratory glossitis, erythema migrans).

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error