Continuing Dental Education

CE1675 White and Red Oral Lesions

Jasjit Dillon, MD, DDS, BDS, FDSRCS and Yeshwant B. Rawal, BDS, MDS, MS

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Course Description

This course will begin with a basic understanding of different concepts behind why white lesions look white and red lesions look red in the oral cavity. Thereafter, the experience will be immersive and include a wide variety of white and red lesions. The list of lesions to be discussed will be drawn based on the causative factors and will include reactive, physical and chemical injuries, infections (bacterial, fungal and viral. Some associated with HIV infection and AIDS), smokeless tobacco induced keratosis, sun (ultraviolet rays) induced lip changes, leukoplakia, proliferative verrucous leukoplakia, verrucous carcinoma, squamous carcinoma, Erythroplakia, hypersensitivity and immune-mediated mucositis such as lichenoid mucositis, lichen planus, graft-vs-host disease and pemphigoid. Salient clinical features will be highlighted using succinct clinical pictures. An evidence-based assessment of the new devices in the screening of oral precancer and cancer will also be presented. Do’s and don’ts for biopsy will be presented keeping in mind the idiosyncrasies of such lesions. Management and prognosis of these lesions will also be discussed. This unique opportunity will benefit general dental practitioners, dental hygienists and specialists alike. If performing oral soft tissue biopsies is a part of your practice, the combined expertise of a pathologist and a surgeon will provide for a comprehensive and well-rounded interactive and learning opportunity.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course you will have learned:

  • the unique clinical features of different white and red lesions of the oral mucosa and use this information to arrive at a reasonable differential diagnosis.
  • to recognize reactive and benign lesions from precancer and cancer.
  • the proper application of new devices in the screening for oral precancer and cancer.
  • investigative techniques including the limited use of cytology in the diagnosis of some oral conditions.
  • to differentiate lichen planus from its lichenoid mimics.
  • to recognize different forms of desquamative red lesions of autoimmune etiology and the role played by immunofluorescence test in their diagnosis.
  • to select appropriate parts of a lesion for a biopsy.
  • some do’s and don’ts of biopsy as related to white and red lesions of the oral mucosa.
  • management techniques including chemotherapeutics to treat various white and red lesions of the oral cavity.
  • follow-up protocol concerning some serious white and red lesions.


Jaslit DillonJASJIT DILLON is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and the Program Director of the UW School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Additionally she is the Acting Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Harborview Medical Center and an examiner for the American Board of OMS. She received dental degrees from both the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Dental School, and the University of California San Francisco and her medical degree from St. Bartholomews School of Medicine.


Dr. Yeshwant RawalYESHWANT RAWAL is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Rawal joined the faculty at UW July 2015 prior to which, for 10 years he was a full-time faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Rawal received his BDS from Annamalai University in 1986 and his MDS in Oral Pathology from Gujarat University in 1990. Further, he received his MS and Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from The Ohio State University in 2005. He also attended an externship in Advanced Radiological Interpretation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rawal has extensive academic and teaching experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. His career has taken him from India to the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago to The Ohio State University and the University of Tennessee before joining University of Washington.

Course Logistics

Saturday, April 22, 2017

University of Washington
Health Sciences Center
Turner Auditorium, Room D-209

Seattle, Washington 98195

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird until March 11, 2017
$161.10/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$225.90/Current Dental Alumni Member

Until April 19, 2017(after, $25 more)
$179/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.
** This course is eligible for an “Early Bird Discount” if you register six weeks or more before the course.

7 hours

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.