Xerostomia (dry mouth)

April 19, 2012 | By | Reply More

Xerostomia (dry mouth)

Xerostomia definition :
This is a subjective sensation of a dry mouth due to decreased salivary secretion.

Causes of xerostomia:

1. CNS disorder:
a. Anxiety
b. Tension
c. Fear

2. Reduction of salivary production:
a. Decreased production of basic ingredients of saliva production
b. Excessive sweating
c. Diarrhoea
d. Diseased acinic cell
e. Vomiting
f. If parenchymal tissue is destroyed in cases like aplasia, radiation xerostomia

3. Limitation of transportation:
If the major salivary glands are affected, the minor salivary glands will also become affected.

4. Drug related:
Long standing use of:
a. Antihypertensive
b. Antidepressant
c. Antihistamine

5. Increased consumption:
a. Mouth breathing
b. Nasal obstruction
c. Upper respiratory tract infection
d. Dento alveolar deformity causing open bite


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Category: Dental, Oral Pathology

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