Learning Objectives

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.