March-April 2014 Letters to the Editor

March-April 2014 Letters to the Editor

The Editors:


Letters to the Editor
Readers of Northwest Dentistry are invited to submit Letters to the Editor on topics related to articles or columns previously published in the journal. Letters written to express viewpoints  about current policies or actions of the MDA or other agencies will be referred to an appropriate individual, department, or committee to directly respond to the author. The views expressed  are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official policies of the Minnesota Dental Association, the NWD Editorial Advisory Board, or Northwest Dentistry editorial  staff. Letters will be accepted by e-mail at info@mndental.org



From the Editors:
In the January-February 2014 issue of Northwest Dentistry, the article “The Prevention and Treatment of Oral Complications Secondary to Cancer Treatment” by Yvonne S. Hanley, D.D.S.  appeared in our journal’s Clinical Department pages. An exceptionally positive response from readers was immediate and has continued to build, with the article being requested for use in  professional health care venues ranging from private dental practices to cancer care centers. The Editorial Advisory Board of Northwest Dentistry was pondering how to recognize this achievement when the following letter arrived. It reflects our continuing mission of bringing the most useful and focused information we can produce to our MDA members, our wider readership, and in the service of the public they serve. Our thanks to Dr. Sheridan for the clarification he has offered, and our congratulations to Dr. Hanley for a job exceedingly well done.
 
 
February 28, 2014
To the Editors,
I would commend Dr. [Yvonne] Hanley for her excellent featured article on “The Prevention and Treatment of Oral Complications Secondary to Cancer Treatment” (Northwest Dentistry,  Volume 93, Number 1, pages 31-35). I was concerned, however, that the statement “Any elective oral surgery procedures should be delayed until cancer treatment is complete” may  confuse the reader. I am certain that this statement was intended for other than oral cancer. Any oral surgery procedures should be completed before initiation of head and neck radiation  therapy. Surgery post head and neck radiation therapy includes the risk of impaired healing and osteoradionecrosis. This is confirmed at the www.nidcr. nih.gov website cited in the  article. Every dentist should retain this article for future reference. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Phillip J. Sheridan, D.D.S.
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota