microscopic image of an area affected by xerostomia

The Why of Dry: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Seminar duration: 1-2 Hours

Xerostomia is a prevalent condition. Not only can it cause discomfort for patients, it can also place patients at a higher risk for caries, periodontitis, oral fungal infections, and acid erosion. This program discusses the role of saliva in oral health, causes of xerostomia, and complications due to a reduction in saliva. Prevention and management of oral complications of xerostomia and palliative treatment are included.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of saliva in maintaining oral health
  • Know the causes of xerostomia
  • Recognize oral complications and manifestations of xerostomia
  • Identify prevention and treatment options for oral complications due to xerostomia

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