Dental Concerns

See also General Dental Concerns for All Anti-Infectives and for Fluoro-quinolones.

General

1. Determine why the patient is taking the medication.

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

3. Place dental chair in semisupine position due to the GI adverse effects of the drug.

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

2. Avoid direct sunlight, as a photo-

sensitivity reaction may occur. If exposed, wear sunglasses, protective clothing, and sunscreen.

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