Consultation with Primary Care Provider

1. Patients with symptoms of blood dyscrasias should be referred to their primary care provider for complete blood counts. Treatment should be postponed until the results are known.

2. Consultation with primary care provider is recommended in order to assess disease control and patient's ability to tolerate stress. Client/Family Teaching

1. Review the importance of good oral hygiene in order to prevent soft tissue inflammation and minimize the risk of gingival hyperplasia.

2. Review the proper use of oral hygiene aids in order to prevent injury.

3. Daily home fluoride treatments for persistent dry mouth.

4. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses and beverages.

5. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages.

6. Dry mouth can be treated with tart, sugarless gum or candy, water, sugar-free beverages, or with saliva substitutes if dry mouth persists.

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