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Common Oral Complications of Medication Use
Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD
The purpose of this course is to provide oral health professionals with information regarding the assessment of oral complications of medication use. Adverse medication effects on oral hard and soft tissues will be reviewed. Detailed descriptions of drug classes associated with each effect will be provided. Management strategies for improving oral health in medicated patients will be discussed.
- Discuss the etiologies of medication-induced xerostomia.
- Identify prescription drugs that increase risk for xerostomia and related oral sequelae.
- Describe appropriate interventions for patients experiencing drug-induced xerostomia to reduce oral disease risks.
- Describe drug classes known to alter taste.
- Discuss medication-induced oral soft tissue alterations, including mucositis, aphthous stomatitis, lichenoid drug reaction, and gingival hyperplasia.
- Describe medications associated with causing extrapyramidal effects that alter oral muscular function resulting in hard tissue damage.
Note: LIVE attendance is limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nonetheless, all registrants will have access to the on-demand recoring of this lecture. Thanks for your understanding.
Presenter Disclosure: Dr. Ann Eshenaur Spolarich received an honorarium from Colgate-Palmolive to compensate for the time involved preparing and giving this presentation.
Target audience: Dentists, Hygienists and Assistants.
Release date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Expiration date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
"Common Oral Complications of Medication Use" is co-sponsored by Dental Tribune America, LLC. Dental Tribune America LLC is a recognized ADA CERP provider.
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In order to receive the CE credit for this course, you must take the quiz. Please follow the link above, "Take CE Quiz".
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I hope that you have completed the CE course for credit. Thanks for participating. Ann
I would have liked to have Dr Spolarich's presentation in two parts. She had so very much valuable information to share, and I felt that she was really rushed. I learned so much and I thought I was fairly knowledgeable on the subject. I teach caregiver classes for our county health system about Xerostomia, besides advising patients in our practice. My doctors already consider me the "go-to girl" on the subject. Now, Dr Ann has armed me with even more information! Thank you Colgate! These CE courses are the best in the industry!
Diana Lubbs, RDH,BSed
I am not sure if you are still answers questions but I had some questions on recommended drug databases. I am currently teaching Pharmacology in our Dental Hygiene program. Right now we are using the latest Drug Information Handbook but I would like to go with an online program and I was wondering if you had some recommendations on what some of the top programs are that could be purchased for our Dental Hygiene program?
Thanks for your question. There are many good resources to use, but my favorite online resource that is tailored specifically for dentistry is available through LexiComp, Inc. Simply visit their website at Lexi.com and you will be able to find out about the live online version of their dental drug database along with their drug interaction checker program and downloadable patient education leaflets. This is what I use with my dental and dental hygiene students as well as in my own practice with my patients. Good luck! Ann
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Ann Eshenaur Spolarich , RDH, PhD
Ann Eshenaur Spolarich is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients. She has presented over 800 lectures and has over 80 professional publications. She is Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California; an Adjunct Associate Professor and Course Director of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and a Clinical Instructor on the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland Dental School. Ann is also an independent educational and research consultant, and practices dental hygiene part-time, specializing in geriatrics.