Dental Concerns

See also Dental Concerns for Antiviral Drugs. General

1. Patients on chronic drug therapy may develop blood dyscrasias. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, bleeding, and poor wound healing.

2. Examine patient for oral signs and symptoms of opportunistic infection.

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. Medical consultation may be necessary in order to assess patient's ability to tolerate stress and level of disease control. 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. Secondary oral infection may occur. Seek dental treatment immediately if this happens.

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