Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

  • Understand the difference between xerostomia and hyposalivation.
  • Recognize clinical presentations and patient symptoms.
  • Know the components and composition of healthy saliva.
  • Adopt a plan to test salivary flow rates and oral pH levels.
  • Learn the role dry mouth plays in caries, erosion, dentinal hypersensitivity, and candidiasis.
  • Discover the risk factors for developing dry mouth syndrome.