Consultation with Primary Care Provider

1. Consult with the patient's health care provider if an acute dental infection occurs and the patient requires another anti-infective. Client/Family Teaching

1. Review the importance of good oral hygiene in order to prevent soft tissue inflammation.

2. Daily home fluoride treatments for persistent dry mouth.

3. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses and beverages.

4. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages.

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

6. Patient may want to wear dark glasses in order to avoid photophobia, which can occur with the dental light.

7. Avoid direct sunlight, as a photo-

sensitivity reaction may occur. If exposed, wear sunglasses, protective clothing, and sunscreen. 8. Discontinue treatment and inform dentist immediately if the patient experiences pain or inflammation in his or her tendons. Rest and avoid exercise.

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