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Bereznicki, LRE, Xerostomia, Australian Pharmacist, 30, (12) pp. 1022-1025. ISSN 0728-4632 (2011) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Xerostomia is the subjective sensation of dryness in the mouth.1 This perception may or may not be accompanied by a reduction in the quantity of saliva produced or its quality. Saliva plays a critical role in oral health. It protects against bacteria and fungi, transports nutrients and digestive enzymes, lubricates the oral cavity, remineralises teeth, and aids in chewing, swallowing and speaking.2 Xerostomia is a common disorder, affecting approximately 20% of older Australians.3 Common causes include medicines, radiotherapy for head or neck cancer, and specific diseases of the salivary glands. Xerostomia contributes negatively to oral health, and can also adversely affect quality of life. This article will briefly discuss the causes, evaluation, and management of xerostomia.

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Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:xerostomia, dry mouth
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Pharmaceutical sciences
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bereznicki, LRE (Professor Luke Bereznicki)
ID Code:75141
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2012-01-12
Last Modified:2012-12-12
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