Medication for mental health: Oral health impacts

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This review of the side effects of medications prescribed for the management of mental health highlights their potential impact on oral health. The commonest problems being xerostomia.

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Drugs to prevent salivary gland damage following radiotherapy to the head and neck

This Cochrane review of drugs for the prevention of radiation-induced salivary gland dysfunction included 39 studies, while a range of agents was tested the evidence found is not sufficient to highlight much promise in terms of effective preventative treatments.

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Parasympathomimetic drugs for dry mouth after radiotherapy

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The update of a 2007 Cochrane review of parasympathomimetic drugs for dry mouth after radiotherapy did not identify an new studies. The 3 RCTs identified in the previous version provide limited evidence to support the use of pilocarpine hydrochloride in the treatment of radiation-induced xerostomia.

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Small trial suggests limited short-term benefit from 0.1% pilocarpine mouthwash for xerostomia

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Xerostomia is a subjective sensation of dry mouth, this is a common symptom particularly in older adults and has a variety of causes. Pilocarpine is a cholinergic agonist that non-selectively binds to muscarinic receptors in smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal, urinary and pulmonary systems and stimulates the production of secretions from the salivary and sweat [read the full story…]

Improvements in dry mouth seen with night guard and/or BET containing mouthwash

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Xerostomia is a common condition that affects many adults. It is frequently caused by autoimmune diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis or as a result of drug-related side effects. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of an intraoral device and a Betaine (BET) containing mouthwash in [read the full story…]