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Rachel Stroble, RDH, BA

Mask Mouth and Xerostomia: Increasing Fluoride Acceptance When It Mattes Most

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Dental Hygienists' Association

Lecture | 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | One and a Half (1.5) CE Hours  | Category B


Course Description

Have you noticed more xerostomia, caries, or halitosis in your patients since the beginning of the pandemic?  Do you have patients with previously stable periodontal conditions that are now rapidly deteriorating?  You may be seeing the effects of mask mouth!  We will explore the etiology of each of these ill-effects as well as how you can help your patients to combat them.   Fluoride, habit alteration, and adequate home care are just the beginning.  We will also explore language you can use to ensure best success in patient acceptance of in-office fluoride treatments, as well as compliance of at-home fluorides.

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to identify patients suffering from mask mouth through interview and clinical examination.
  • Be familiar with the pathologies of mask mouth and the etiology of each.
  • Identify behaviors that elevate patients’ risk for mask mouth.
  • Be able to educate patients on proper mask hygiene to decrease risk.
  • Recommend effective preventive measures for patients with mask mouth.
  • Employ clear and effective communication techniques to increase patient compliance with fluoride treatments.

Course Sponsored By:
Oklahoma Dental Hygienists' Association