Name
"Hey, Spit Happens!": What Every Dental Hygienist Needs To Know About The Myth of Age-Related Medication and Disease-Induced Xerostomia
Date & Time
Saturday, December 3, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tom Viola
Description

Objectives:

  • Describe xerostomia and explain its various etiologies. 
  • Identify the prescription and non-prescription medications that have xerostomic side effects. 
  • Identify the systemic diseases which may contribute to the development of xerostomia. 
  • Describe the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of xerostomia. 
  • Discuss the impact of xerostomia and its treatment on dental hygiene therapy. 
  • Explore strategies and techniques essential for successful dental hygiene treatment planning.

Well over 500 prescription and non-prescription medications are thought to have xerostomic side effects. These effects are compounded when these medications are used concurrently. In addition, many systemic diseases may contribute to the development of xerostomia and its exacerbation. Once again, these effects are compounded when these diseases occur concurrently. Since concurrent medications and disease states are typically associated with medically complex patients, we might assume that xerostomia is a condition of concern to only select age groups. However, unfortunately, this condition may afflict members of any generation. This program will provide participants with an overview of xerostomia, medications, and systemic diseases implicated in its management and used in its treatment and the impact of both the disease and its treatment on dental hygiene therapy. Special emphasis will be given to strategies and techniques essential for successful dental hygiene treatment planning.