Article: Volume 44 Number 6 Page 541 - June 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 541-548

Paediatric Dentistry/Behavioural Management:  Low Level Light Therapy in the Management of Paediatric Oral and Oropharyngeal Mucositis

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Abstract: Oral and oropharyngeal mucositis is a common, debilitating condition experienced by patients undergoing oncology treatment. There are many different management strategies, with low level light therapy (LLLT) an emerging field. Ongoing research on the topic of LLLT for mucositis has resulted in LLLT being included in national clinical guidelines. The number of centres currently using LLLT for paediatric patients with oropharyngeal mucositis is growing, with Glasgow having successfully used this treatment method for a number of years. Across medicine and dentistry, LLLT is coming to the fore and is a treatment modality of which we should all be aware.

Clinical relevance: New technologies and treatment modalities are areas with which practitioners should stay up to date. Low level light therapy continues to be a growing research field.

Author notes: Fiona McDowall, BDS, MFDS, Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry, Leeds Dental Institute/North Yorkshire Community Dental Services, Nora O’Murchu, BDS, MFDS, MPaedDent, Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry, Glasgow Dental Hospital/Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow and Richard Welbury, MBBS, BDS, PhD, FDS RCS, FDS RCPS, FRC PCH, Hon FFGDP, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK.

Objective: To understand the significance of oral and oropharyngeal mucositis for the paediatric oncology patient and the relevance of low level light therapy towards its management.

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