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Water in the Desert

Xerostomia, Hydration, and the Body’s Cry for H2O
Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH 

The human body is composed of up to 65% water, and its importance in oral and overall health cannot be understated. From skin, to the oral cavity, brain and bone, hydration is key to optimal health and wellness. Xerostomia is increasingly present in our patient populations for reasons ranging from popular diets and Cannabis use, to increased reliance on medications and age.  

As oral health professionals, we need to understand the importance of saliva and the devastating effects that xerostomia can have. We are in a position to educate our patients on risk factors and prevention strategies to decrease the risk of caries, periodontal disease, and oral infections.

This fast-paced webinar will address these issues along with strategies we can use to educate and empower our patients in optimal oral hydration.

Objectives

  • Recognize the roles of water and saliva in the body

  • Discover xerostomia incidence, risk factors and effects

  • Address clinical and lifestyle prevention strategies for xerostomia