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What to expect

The salivary glands produce saliva, the fluid that is essential for oral health. A range of disorders, that alter the production and secretion of saliva, frequently affect the salivary glands. Individuals can complain of either “too much” or “too little” saliva in their mouths. Altered flow results in difficulty speaking, eating and swallowing. In addition, an impact on the oral microbiome leads to distressing mucosal and hard tissue disease.

The aim of this webinar is to provide an essential guide to the anatomy of salivary tissue, the contents of saliva, the main causes of altered saliva production and the measures that can be undertaken to minimise the impact of abnormal salivary flow on patients.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the nature of salivary glands and their pivotal role in maintaining oral health
  • Understand the signs and symptoms of salivary gland disorders that result in altered production of salivary
  • Discuss the range of healthcare products available to minimise the adverse effects of reduced saliva flow.

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Speaker profile

Mike Lewis Mike Lewis Emeritus Professor

Mike Lewis is Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University. He served for more than 20 years as Professor of Oral Medicine. In addition, he was Dean of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University from 2010-2017. He is also past Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Director of the Clinical Board for Dentistry, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Professor Lewis has published over 200 scientific articles and co-authored six medical textbooks. He has delivered more than 600 postgraduate lectures worldwide. In addition, he has been President of the British Society for Oral Medicine and President of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research. Most recently, Mike was awarded the British Dental Association’s John Tomes Medal.