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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Nov 23, 2022

Join Andrew and Dr. Mariela Padilla as they talk about what to do when a patient comes into your office with Orofacial Pain. Dr. Padilla talks about what you should be looking for with your patients, how to take them through an exam that takes a look at the patient as a whole person and last but certainly not least. Dr. Padilla talks to us about the ABCs - remember to, pay attention, believe, and collaborate!

Dr. Padilla started her clinical practice as a general dentist in 1990 and then dedicated herself solely to Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders. Dr. Padilla assumed the direction of the Orofacial Pain Residency at USC in 2022. As the Director of Distance Learning and Telehealth at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, she designs programs and academic experiences for working professionals and contributes to learning innovation and teaching development.

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Episode Highlights

  • Prevalence 
  • Hero for patients
  • Red Flags
  • Intake and importance of descriptions 
  • Objective evidence 
  • Muscle evaluation 
  • Types of pain and correlations 
  • Hands first, mouth second
  • ABCs (Pay Attention, Believe, Collaborate)