Dental Concerns

See also Dental Concerns for Antiviral Drugs. General

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

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

3. Palliative therapy may be required for patients with oral adverse effects.

Consultation with Primary Care Provider

1. Medical consultation may be necessary in order to assess patient's level of disease control.

2. 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. 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. Report oral sores, lesions, or bleeding to the dentist.

4. Update patient's dental record (medication/health history) as needed.

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