Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
2 Contact Hours
- New Diagnostic
- Table 1 Saliva Composition
- Salivary Gland Dysfunction
- Sjögren’s Syndrome
- Diagnosis of Xerostomia
- Table 2 Xerogenic Drugs in Order of Increasing Potential
- Table 3 Subjective and Objective Symptoms of Xerostomia
- Table 4 Saliva Composition and Flow Rates
- Clinical Studies
- Severity of Xerostomia Reduced When Taking Salagen Tablets
- Salagen Indication Extended to Dry Mouth in Sjögren’s Syndrome
- Table1 Incidence of Adverse Experiences With 5 mg Pilocarpine HCI
- Chapter 3: Differentiation of Dry Mouth Etiology
- Table 1: Causes of Complaints of Xerostomia
- Table 2: Methods of Evaluation of Salivary Function
- Symptom Review
- Physical Examination
- Measurement of Salivary Output
- Table 1 The Secretion of Whole Saliva
- Sialochemical Analyses
- Laboratory Studies
- Salivary Imaging
- Salivary Biopsy
- Re-Engineering Cells
- Production of Fluid
- Issues to Resolve
- What is dry mouth?
- What happens when you have dry mouth?
- What causes dry mouth?
- Is relief available?
- What is being done about dry mouth?
After completing the course, you’ll be able to:
- Describe the antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of saliva in maintaining oral and systemic health.
- List conditions and diseases that can cause salivary gland dysfunction.
- Describe the promising role gene transfer technology may play in repairing diseases or damaged salivary glands.
- Demonstrate the spitting method of collecting whole saliva.
- List subjective and objective symptoms of xerostomia.
- Distinguish the saliva composition and flow rates in healthy and xerostomic individuals.
- List 8 methods of evaluating salivary function and describe their relative accuracy.
- Identify at least 6 findings on physical examination that may indicate salivary dysfunction.
- Discuss the use of whole saliva in the differential diagnosis of Sjögren’s syndrome.
- Recommend a treatment regimen of 6 specific measures for caries prevention for patients with hyposalivation.
- Discuss the results of clinical trials demonstrating the effectiveness of pilocarpine in improving salivary function in patients with radiation-induced xerostomia.
- Provide essential information to a patient suffering from dry mouth , such as causes and symptoms of dry mouth, common measures to relieve dryness and oral hygiene steps.