Dental Concerns

General

1. A semisupine position for the dental chair may be necessary to help minimize or avoid GI effects of the disease.

2. Determine the patient's ability to tolerate aspirin or NSAID-related products.

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

Client/Family Teaching

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

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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