Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
Explain why candidiasis is sometimes associated with xerostomia.
Identify diseases/conditions associated with xerostomia.
Discuss the advantages of scheduling a pretreatment oral evaluation for cancer patients in reducing oral complications including xerostomia.
List some of the etiologies of mouth breathing.
Name the classifications of medications that are most often associated with xerostomia.
Discuss side effects of antidepressants besides xerostomia.
Distinguish between traditional and atypical antipsychotic drugs.
Explain how atropinic drugs affect biological systems.
Identify the various functions of saliva.
Explain why xerostomia is not a reliable indicator of salivary hypofunction.
Develop clinical guidelines for a xerogenic patient in an effort to reduce oral complications.
Discuss self-applied fluoride recommendations for xerogenic individuals.
Identify components of an adult recare regimen that would be beneficial for xerogenic patients.
Develop a list of suggestions for xerogenic patients that are palliative and protective.