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Become a Hero of Dentistry and Solve the Dry Mouth Mystery

Shannon M. Nanne, RDH

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Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 am Code: T06 Cost: $20/$35 after Sept. 29
CE Credits:  3 Hour Lecture  |  Subject: Dry Mouth/Xerostomia |  Recommended for: All Attendees

We know that Xerostomia is not a disease but it is often not discussed or masked by the next dry mouth product.  However, Xerostomia is a serious condition that is annoying and uncomfortable and is usually caused by a disease or underlying condition.  It affects your patient’s quality of life while speaking, eating, or even trying to sleep.  Hypo-salivation can damage the hard and soft tissues of the mouth while presenting a clinical challenge in the operatory!  25% of your patients suffer from this terrible affliction and age is not a cause of having a dry mouth.  Xerostomia is more common in the older adult population but is not necessarily an inevitable part of aging.  This course will turn you into a dry-mouth superhero!  You will be able to teach patients reasons why they suffer from dry mouth, intra-oral problems associated with it, and management options available to make your patients more comfortable managing their symptoms.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the oral and non-oral symptoms reported by patients suffering from Xerostomia.
  • Discuss the causes of Xerostomia and understand the components and functions of saliva.
  • Explain the clinical signs of salivary gland hypo-function.
  • Discuss management options for educating patients and improving their quality of life.
  • Identify successful treatment options and products available.
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