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UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service: questions asked by dentists - part 5: prescribing for oromucosal diseases and dry mouth

Abstract

The UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service (UKDMAS) provides advice to dentists and other dental healthcare professionals concerning the use of medicines and medical devices in dentistry. The commonly asked questions posed to the UKDMAS concerning medicines used for the management of oromucosal disease and dry mouth are discussed with answers supplemented by relevant information from clinicians. This article includes questions related to topical corticosteroids and analgesics used for oral ulceration, antifungal therapy and saliva replacement products.

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  • The UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service (UKDMAS) provides advice to dentists and other dental healthcare workers on the prescribing of medicines, and the use of medicines and medical devices in dental practice.

  • Highlights some of the commonly asked questions posed by dentists or other members of the dental team to the UKDMAS, concerning prescribing for oromucosal disease and dry mouth. The answers given are supplemented by information provided by clinicians from a range of dental specialties.

  • Oral ulceration and candidosis, as well as dry mouth, are common problems encountered in dental practice. Dentists must be able to prescribe appropriately and safely in order to manage these conditions.

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Finn, D., Randall, C. & Field, E. UK Dental Medicines Advisory Service: questions asked by dentists - part 5: prescribing for oromucosal diseases and dry mouth. Br Dent J 231, 689–695 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-021-3681-9

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