CE Course 1 - Abstract

Managing Side Effects of Medication

Credit: Continuing Education Hours: 2
If you have specific questions about the CE requirements in your state, or if you're not sure if the course will be accepted, please consult your state dental board.

To read this full CE course and take the test you must pay for the course.


Dental hygienists discover the drugs taken by clients by conducting thorough comprehensive health history and pharmacologic history reviews. Many clients take multiple medications; therefore, dental hygienists must be aware of the issues related to drug use, including indications, interactions, and adverse drug effects. The ability to evaluate these issues is necessary to accurately assess client status and prevent situations that compromise client safety. Oral side effects are adverse effects that interfere with client function, and increase risks for infection, pain and possible tooth loss.

The purpose of this continuing education course is to review adverse drug effects and to discuss appropriate dental hygiene interventions used to manage oral complications associated with commonly prescribed medications.