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Int J Prosthodont. 2013 Nov-Dec;26(6):525-6. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3450.

The prevalence of xerostomia in patients with removable prostheses.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of xerostomia among patients attending a dental clinic for provision of dentures and to investigate the oral cleanliness in those patients.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Denture-wearing patients who reported dry mouth completed a questionnaire related to xerostomia. Dryness of the mouth was determined by clinical observation. Dental and denture cleanliness was determined using the Modified Debris Index.

RESULTS:

One hundred twenty patients had xerostomia. Oral cleanliness was generally poor.

CONCLUSION:

There was a high prevalence of xerostomia in the patient population. A high proportion of subjects had poor oral cleanliness.

PMID:
24179964
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