Dental Concerns

1. Monitor vital signs at every appointment because of cardiovascular side effects.

2. Decreased saliva flow can put the patient at risk for dental caries, perio-dontal disease, and candidiasis.

Client/Family Teaching

1. Daily home fluoride treatments for persistent dry mouth.

2. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses and beverages.

3. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages.

4. 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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