Salivary Gland Dysfunction and Xerostomia
Saliva plays an important role in oral and systemic health.
Dry mouth or xerostomia is a common complaint among patients of different ages in general and among geriatric and medically complex patients in particular.
Salivary gland disorders are caused by a variety of etiologic factors.
Salivary gland dysfunction may lead to irreversible intraoral hard and soft tissue changes and ultimately may reduce the quality of life.
Oral healthcare providers play a significant role in risk assessment, early detection, management, and prevention of salivary gland disorders. These are essential for maintaining a proper oral and systemic health in this patient population.