Dry Mouth Diagnosis

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Diagnosing Dry Mouth

Proactive screening for Dry Mouth can be simply incorporated into routine clinical practice by identification of those at risk or with symptoms through:1,2

  • Medical History
  • Medication history
  • Subjective questioning on Dry Mouth symptoms
  • Clinical examination for oral signs

Typical signs of xerostomia the dental professional may identify include:3

  • Dental mirror sticks to the tongue or buccal mucosa
  • No saliva pooling
  • Cervical caries
  • Frothy saliva
  • Altered and or smooth gingival tissues within the oral cavity

Who is at risk?

Questions to Diagnose Dry Mouth

This one question could help identify Dry Mouth sufferers6

Does your mouth usually feel dry?

These 3 additional questions could help identify Dry Mouth sufferers6

Do you regularly do things to keep your mouth moist?

Do you get out of bed at night to drink fluids?

Does your mouth usually become dry when you speak?

These clinically validated questions can help uncover Dry Mouth

Diagnostic tests

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs outlines three diagnostic tests that you can use to support a Dry Mouth diagnosis7

Diagnostic tests
Salivary flow measurement Periodic evaluation of salivary flow rate that provides a tool for monitoring Dry Mouth symptoms and can provide a tool to monitor salivary gland function
Blood tests Laboratory tests, such as complete blood count tests may be useful for when Dry Mouth is suspected to be related to systemic
Biopsy Minor salivary gland biopsy can be used to identify any underlying pathological changes associated with salivary gland dysfunction

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