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Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2002 Oct;23(10 Suppl):41-8.

Dry mouth: aging and oral health.

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Division of Diagnostic Sciences, University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Abstract

Dry mouth is a common complaint among older adults, and the aging process is erroneously considered by many to be the primary cause. The subjective complaint of dry mouth (xerostomia) is not always associated with objective evidence of a reduced saliva flow rate (salivary gland hypofunction). Moreover, there are patients who have reduced saliva flow rates and are asymptomatic. Xerostomia and salivary gland hypofunction are associated with sundry oral and systemic complications and affect the quality of an individual's life. This article includes the common causes of xerostomia and salivary gland hypofunction and addresses the common complications of and routine therapeutic modalities available for these conditions in the elderly.

PMID:
12790016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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