A dry mouth provides poorer quality of life

16. april 2010  
Filed in News

Pronounced dry mouth can lead to a significantly impaired quality of life. Dry mouth can occur after cancer treatment, as side effects to the medicine as well as by certain diseases. Patients with severe dry mouth often find that the natural teeth are attacked by an aggressive form of caries, which can cause the teeth to crumble away. For the individual, the situation is deteriorating further by the use of ordinary dentures is an impossibility due. very delicate mucous membranes. Three dentists, each with its specialty focus on dry mouth at Tandlægeforeningens year course 2010

Medicated patients, patients who have been in the chemo - or radiotherapy as well as patients with Sjøgrens syndrome often suffer from pronounced dry mouth. It can be argued that they suddenly develop dental caries in so fast a pace that it can be difficult for the dentist and for the patient to follow. For the patient, the result is often not only a substantial deterioration of his or her quality of life, but also great tandlægeregninger. It is extremely important that the patient and the surroundings is aware of the fact that both during and after the difficult time with chemo - or radiotherapy is needed for a particular prevention effort, says overtandlæge, ph.d. Ole Hovgaard.

He stresses the importance of the patient maintaining an optimal oral hygiene and are aware of the choice of diet. Several devices can be put to use. Bl.a. it is recommended to use a prescription toothpaste with extra fluoride content. Finally, is it a good idea to arrange more frequent checks at the dentist, because early treatment is crucial for a good result.

The demanding treatment can simultaneously be a financial burden for the patient, but in fact there is the possibility of grants for the Danish health act. It is, however, not everyone is aware of the possibility, says overtandlæge Ole Hovgaard, who daily manage the grant scheme in the Region of Midtjylland.

We see, unfortunately, many patients who only many years after their cancer treatment becomes aware that there exists a subsidy scheme, which both deals with the study, prevention and treatment. Late intervention impair the ability to prevent major damage. Here dentists a commitment to provide better advice and guidance, mean Ole Hovgaard.

He, along with professor Flemming Isidor and dentist Allan Bardow focus on the complications of dry mouth and the possibility of grants in the Tandlægeforeningens year course, which will be held in the Bella Center in Copenhagen on 15.-17. april 2010. Year course is Denmark's largest kursusarrangement in the field of dentistry and have for years gathered over 3000 dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and others with an interest in dental health.