Cesar Migliorati Professor and Chair
Saliva is important for communication and nutrition and hyposalivation can significantly alter quality of life. In this presentation we will discuss causes that may lead to dry mouth and associated complications to oral and general health. Common conditions include diabetes and hormonal changes, depression and anxiety, radiation therapy of the head and neck that includes salivary glands in the radiation fields, and some autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s Syndrome.
For instance, hyposalivation develops shortly after initiation of radiation therapy and persists long term when doses to the salivary glands exceeds 3000 cGy. Patients with chronic hyposalivation are at risk for oral cavity infections and dental caries. Depending on the extent of hyposalivation and the oral environment, a severe form of rapidly developing decay can lead to loss of dentition. Current concepts regarding the management of patients with dry mouth will complete the discussion.
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. Caesar Migliorati received an honorarium from Colgate-Palmolive to compensate for the time involved preparing and giving this presentation.