Dental Concerns

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

1. Ingestible sodium bicarbonate products (i.e., air polishing systems) can only be used 2 hours after taking enoxacin.

2. Use caution when prescribing caffeine-containing prescription and nonprescription drugs.

3. Determine why the patient is taking the medication.

4. Decreased saliva flow can put the patient at risk for dental caries, perio-dontal disease, and candidiasis. 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. Review the importance of good oral hygiene in order to prevent soft tissue inflammation.

2. Daily home fluoride treatments for persistent dry mouth.

3. Avoid alcohol-containing mouth rinses and beverages.

4. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages.

5. Dry mouth can be treated with tart, sugarless gum or candy, water, sugar-free beverages, or with saliva substitutes if dry mouth persists.

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

7. Discontinue treatment and inform dentist immediately if the patient experiences pain or inflammation in his or her tendons. Rest and avoid exercise.

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