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Continuing Education Offers Dry Mouth Course

March 31, 2009 – Dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists are invited to attend the Collin College Continuing Education’s Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) course from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the Courtyard Center, 4800 Preston Park Blvd., in Plano. Fee for this course is $109.

Although it’s not a disease, the dry-mouth condition that may be a symptom of variety of medical conditions affects approximately 20 percent of the elderly.

This seven-hour CEU course has been approved by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and will discuss the causes and effects of xerostomia and explore how oral care administered by healthcare professionals should be guided by evidence-based decision making and practice recommendations.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to: explain why candidiasis is sometimes associated with xerostomia; identify diseases/conditions associated with xerostomia; list some of the etiologies of mouth breathing; discuss side effects of antidepressants besides xerostomia; and explain why xerostomia is not a reliable indicator of salivary hypofunction.

Participants also will be able to develop clinical guidelines for xerogenic patient in an effort to reduce oral complications, identify components of an adult recare regimen that would be beneficial for xerogenic patients and develop a list of suggestions for xerogenic patients who are palliative and protective.

To register for the course or for more information, call 972.985.3711 or visit

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