Overview of Dry Mouth in Patients

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Dry mouth (Xerostomia)

Xerostomia is a subjective feeling of a dry mouth that may be caused by reduced saliva production (hyposalivation).1

Saliva plays an important part in maintaining oral health and well-being:2–4

  • Lubricates the mouth and prevents epithelial dehydration
  • Aids digestion and taste
  • Assists in speech and swallowing
  • Maintains oral pH balance and tooth integrity
  • Has antimicrobial properties
  • Helps protect oral tissues

Dry mouth can negatively impact oral health;2,5 if left untreated, patients may have up to a 3x greater risk of cavities in the long term6

Dry mouth in the general population

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Causes and mechanism

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