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Article: Volume 48 Number 9 Page 761 - October 2021

  Dent Update 2021; 48: 761-768  Read article

Oral medicine:  Dry mouth

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Abstract: Dry mouth has numerous causes, including medications, radiotherapy and rheumatological conditions, such as Sjögren's syndrome. This article presents the common causes of dry mouth, and details the assessment, investigations and management required for patients with dry mouth within primary dental care, in addition to outlining secondary care investigations and management.

Clinical relevance: Dry mouth is common in the general population, with widespread implications for dental health and patients’ quality of life. Dental professionals have a key role in both its identification and long-term management.

Author notes: Shalini Nayee, BDS(Hons), MSc, MBBS, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oral Medicine, Guy’s Hospital, London. Cameron Herbert, BDS, MBBS, Specialty Registrar in Oral Medicine, Guy’s Hospital, London. Pepe Shirlaw, BDS, FDS, RCPS, Consultant in Oral Medicine, Guy’s Hospital, London. Richard Cook, BDS, FDS, PhD, Professor and Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine, King’s College London. email: richard_james.cook@kcl.ac.uk

Objective: The reader should understand the assessment and management of dry mouth within primary dental care and gain insight into secondary care investigations and management.

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