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"What's the Dry Idea? Caring for those patients with Xerostomia"

  • 07 Apr 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • North Ridge Country Club, 6612 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615


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What's the Dry Idea?  Caring for those patients with Xerostomia

Xerostomia is annoying and uncomfortable and sometimes goes unnoticed.  It can affect your patient's quality of life while speaking, eating or trying to sleep.  It is estimated that 1 in 4 of your patients suffer from this terrible affliction. You will be able to teach them reasons why they suffer from dry mouth, intra-oral problems associated with it, and management options available to help your patients be more comfortable managing their symptoms.  This course will make you into a dry mouth superhero!

Objectives Upon Completion:

  • Identify the components and functions of saliva, explain the clinical signs of salivary gland hypo-function, and list the oral and non-oral symptoms reported by the patients with Xerostomia
  • Discuss the causes of Xerostomia
  • Discuss the management options for educating patients
  • Identify successful treatment options and products available

Shannon M. Nanne, RDH

Shannon is a registered dental hygienist that has been practicing since 1994.  She graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Shannon is a national and international speaker that has lectured to dentists, hygienists, pharmacists and oncologists. Shannon has also spoken to support groups, hospitals, dental schools, 50+ Groups, and mothers' organizations including oral care for children.  She has published "A Patient's Guide to Periodontal Disease", to help her colleagues discuss and educate periodontal disease with their patients.  She has also authored articles in RDH Magazine and JPH.  Shannon has been a Key Opinion Leader for Phillips, GC America, Sunstar Butler, Pennwell Publishing, and is a member of The Friends of Hu-Friedy, Part of the Hygienetown Friends Network and has sat on the Corporate Council for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene representing Laclede and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

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