COVID-19’s Impact on Nursing Home Residents

COVID-19’s Impact on Nursing Home Residents

  Today we're talking about COVID-19's impact on nursing home residents that goes beyond what you might have heard in the news.  Please find the recorded lecture, the PowerPoint presentation, and a formatted transcription of the lecture below. Don't have time to...

How to Support Geriatric Patients with Dementia and COVID-19

How to Support Geriatric Patients with Dementia and COVID-19

  This content was originally presented during the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC's 2020 Geriatric Boot Camp.  The original presentation can be found below, as well as an adapted write-up of what we covered in our session. Don't have time to read the...

How to Perform a Salivary Gland and Salivary Flow Exam

How to Perform a Salivary Gland and Salivary Flow Exam

In previous articles, Dr. Roseann Mulligan explored Xerostomia, Salivary Gland Hypofunction, the role of saliva in older adults, and the causes of dry mouth including xerogenic medications and systemic diseases.  In this article, we'll cover a few practical methods to...

Management of Dry Mouth in Older Patients

Management of Dry Mouth in Older Patients

The management of dry mouth includes two aspects: attempts to affect a change in the causative factors of the condition; and, the prevention of any potential or worsening of existing consequences of dry mouth on oral health. Diagnosis Directed Management In order to...

Other Conditions Affecting Salivary Glands

Other Conditions Affecting Salivary Glands

Systemic Diseases Many systemic diseases are reported to cause or be associated with salivary gland hypofunction as mentioned in Table 1 [29], [64]. Of these systemic diseases, Sjogren's syndrome (SS) is the most common disease that causes both xerostomia and salivary...

How to Treat Dry Mouth in Older Patients

How to Treat Dry Mouth in Older Patients

There are many diseases such as Xerostomia and Salivary Gland Hypofunction, radiation therapy in the head and neck area, and medications that cause dry mouth. In this article, we present several treatment options for older patients experiencing dry mouth. Sections...

Dry Mouth: Medications and their Effect on Saliva

Dry Mouth: Medications and their Effect on Saliva

By far, the most common cause of long standing dry mouth particularly in older adults is the use of xerogenic medications [30]. There are now projected to be over a thousand medications associated with subjective and/or objective oral dryness either by interfering...

Diagnosing Xerostomia and Salivary Gland Hypofunction (SGH)

Diagnosing Xerostomia and Salivary Gland Hypofunction (SGH)

There are numerous questionnaires used to assess dry mouth symptoms, including various quality of life scales and some specific instruments such as the Xerostomia Questionnaire (XQ) [22] and the Xerostomia Inventory (XI) [47], [48]. An extensive discussion of the...

Geriatric Dentistry: Understanding the Role of Saliva

Geriatric Dentistry: Understanding the Role of Saliva

Saliva, its function and benefits Saliva provides important protection to the teeth and the tissues of the mouth due to its cleansing, lubricating and antimicrobial properties [11], [12]; promotion of remineralization of the teeth; transport of digestive enzymes; and...

Geriatric Dental Care: Older Adults and Oral Conditions

Geriatric Dental Care: Older Adults and Oral Conditions

Older adults and oral conditions The proportion of older adult people in developed countries has increased considerably during the last few decades and is expected to increase further in the next years. This is a result of what has been called the “demographic...

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