Addressing Xerostomia in Patients Undergoing Treatment For Head and Neck Cancer
Educating patients on protective oral measures can help this patient population maintain their oral health and reduce the negative effects of cancer therapy.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the prevalence of cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx.
- Discuss the effects of radiation on salivary gland function and how these impact caries risk.
- Identify strategies for helping this patient population maintain their oral health.
This course was issued in July 2021 and expires July 2024. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.