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Continuing Education Focuses on Dry Mouth/Xerostomia

Saliva is integral to the health of the oral cavity and without the presence of normal salivary levels, the risk of caries and periodontal disease increases.

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Saliva is integral to the health of the oral cavity and without the presence of normal salivary levels, the risk of caries and periodontal disease increases. Whether a patient presents with a case of dry mouth, in which saliva production has decreased, or xerostomia, in which there is a perception of reduced saliva flow, oral health professionals should be prepared to provide relief. In the continuing education (CE) article, “Treating Dry Mouth”—sponsored by Colgate and created in partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology—author Hana Gadalla, BDS, MSc, discusses lifestyle modifications and a variety of products that may help relieve the symptoms of dry mouth and prevent oral disease. Upon successful test completion, the article provides two units of CE.

From Dimensions of Dental HygieneJuly 2018;16(7):13.

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