The Oral Lichen Planus Support Group's own Dr. Terry Rees has been honored by Texas A&M College of Dentistry with an endowed chair.
Well over 8,000 patients have benefited from the specialized care of the college's Stomatology Center, of which Rees is a founder. "We deliver potentially life-saving diagnoses and procedures for patients and want to be sure that continues,” says Rees.
Our Dr. Nancy Burkhart discusses a trend among patients who have been diagnosed with lichen planus. Many patients want to know if removing dental amalgams will assist in improvements with oral lichen planus or their general health.
Read the full article from Vol. 38, Issue 2 at the RDH website. RDH the national magazine for dental hygiene professionals.
- Image of amalagam by Carol Perkins, RDh, BA
Drs. Rees and Burkhart are the 2017 award winners - recipients of the International Pemphigus and Pemphigoid Foundation Dental Professional of the Year Award.
Lichen planus, which affects less than two percent of the general population, is an uncomfortable and chronic condition characterized by lesions that affect the skin and mucous membranes.
International experts weigh in on the effectiveness of treatments for lichen planus during Texas A&M College of Dentistry’s International Oral Lichen Planus Support Group webcasts, which are hosted by Dr. Terry Rees, professor of periodontics and director of the College of Dentistry Stomatology Center, and Dr. Nancy Burkhart, adjunct professor of periodontics.
Lichen planus sufferers and their families can join the discussions. Check back for future webcasts and recordings.
Goals for the Support Group
To serve as a resource for patients, family members and practitioners
To address concerns and to offer emotional support individually as well as through a group effort
To serve as a central resource by providing accurate, current information
To promote significant research efforts
To serve as a referral system world-wide for other university based dental schools and facilities that are knowledgeable in the treatment of oral lichen planus
OLP Information & Live Discussions
We will be having periodic discussion room dates which will be listed on the page as they are scheduled. Additionally we will publish new information on oral lichen planus as well as other health-related materials. Please check this page periodically for new dates and new educational materials.
We hope that you find this resource beneficial. Please continue to make suggestions to us and let us know how we can meet your needs.
Please feel free to participate with us in this online process, as well as with others interested in this important topic, by emailing questions or comments to Dr. Nancy W. Burkhart.
Dr Nancy W. Burkhart is an adjunct associate professor and educational consultant in the Department of Periodontics College of Dentistry. Texas A&M College of Dentistry is a component of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center.
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Philosophy of The Support Group
The Oral Lichen Planus web site began in 1997 with the formation of the site and an email address for Dr. Burkhart to correspond with patients and practitioners. Since that time, we have added other features to enhance the site and we have increased our discussion sessions.
The philosophy of the site is to provide educational materials and individual support to patients with the disorder through a self-help concept. The individual patient is perceived as a member of the larger group that comprises the worldwide oral lichen planus patient population.
Purpose of the Web site
The educational material provided on the site is intended to assist the patient, family members and the practitioner in obtaining correct information regarding oral lichen planus. The information provided on the IOLPSG is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.
All material received on our web site is treated as confidential and is not shared with any third parties. Only those directly involved with the web site have access to the e-mails, addresses or any other personal information. Both Dr. Terry Rees and/or Dr. Nancy Burkhart review and answer e-mails directly.
In the event that an e-mail is shared with another party, such as a healthcare provider, permission is first obtained from the person who contacts us. Information in the form of e-mails and surveys are moved into separate files and treated confidentially.
The IOLPSG is a non-profit organization and we do not operate through advertising or promotion of any specific products. Any products that are recommended are based solely on proven data of the success of the product and its use in the treatment of oral lichen planus. Our recommendations are subject to change based on new research and on new products that may become available or those that may assist more fully in treatment. We do not accept advertising or sponsorship of any dental products in exchange for advertising or promotion of a particular product.