What is Dry Mouth?
What causes Dry Mouth?
Diagnosis of Dry Mouth
 
   
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What is Dry mouth?
 

DRY MOUTH, also known as "XEROSTOMIA" (Greek: "xero" = dry; "stoma" = mouth), is a very common condition. It affects about one in every four to five adults, mainly women. Moreover, it's prevalence increases with age. Fifteen to 20% of young adults, circa 20 years of age, complain of oral dryness; by 60-80 years of age, roughly 30-40% of the aged suffer from oral desiccation .

DRY MOUTH is usually due to a decrease in the amount of saliva in the mouth. This neglected, but important, secretion, does much more than just moisten the mouth. It plays a significant role in speech, in taste, in chewing, in swallowing and digestion, in nutrition and in the protection of the teeth, mouth, lips and esophagus. Therefore, in addition to the discomfort of dry mouth, a prolonged reduction in the amount or flow of saliva can also have many other serious, ofttimes morbid, consequences. Moreover, dry mouth is often an indicator of associated systemic diseases.


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