Become a Hero of Dentistry and Solve the Dry Mouth Mystery

Shannon M. Nanne, RDH


Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 am Code: T06 Cost: $20/$35 after Sept. 29 Date: Thursday, Oct. 27

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.

About the Speaker:

Serving as The Executive Director of The Global Oral Cancer Forum in 2016 Shannon helps promote the changes required for a substantial impact on the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of oral cancer worldwide. Shannon graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1994. She’s authored articles in RDH, JPH, In Focus, Dentistry Today, and Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Shannon is an ambassador with The Oral Cancer Foundation and has sat on the Corporate Council for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Shannon held an executive board position in The Cleveland Dental Hygiene Association for over 15 years and continues to create awareness of oral cancer and its horrific side effects. She is currently The Manager of Professional Relations and Education for Curaprox US. Financial Relationship – Employee: Curaden.

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