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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Sjögren Syndrome: Oral Manifestations, Complications and Management

Categories: Oral Medicine and Pathology

Author(s): Dr. Fiona M. Collins, BDS, MBA, MA

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

  

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Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on the management of the oral complications associated with Sjögren syndrome. After completing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Describe classic signs and symptoms of Sjögren syndrome, and its prevalence;

2. List and describe changes in salivary flow and composition;

3. Review the oral complications of Sjögren syndrome; and,

4. Review options for the management of oral complications associated with Sjögren syndrome.

Abstract

Sjögren syndrome is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease with significant oral and systemic complications. Oral manifestations and complications of this disease include parched oral mucosa, discomfort, increased risk for caries and dental erosion, increased prevalence of candidal infections, and other conditions. A diagnosis of Sjögren syndrome may be suspected if dry mouth and dry eyes are both present, however a definitive diagnosis requires further investigation. Management of the oral complications of this syndrome requires palliative care/treatment of dry mouth and preventive care. Given the increased risk for oral diseases and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, frequent recalls and therapy are required.

 

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from ORAPHARMA.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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