10-30% of the entire population may experience symptoms of dry mouth (Xerostomia-a subjective sensation of dry mouth). A condition – salivary gland dysfunction/ hypofunction - a lower than normal flow rate is caused by auto-immune diseases, medical conditions and some medications. This has to be confirmed by sialometry- objective measures of salivary secretion. Dry Mouth can affect the quality of life: Surface area of 200-400cm2. Problems wearing the prosthesis. Diets often have to be modified (Quandt et al.2011). Speaking problems. Eating problems. Oral health issues. Soreness.
Aims and Objectives
- To update the DCP on Xerostomia and Oral dryness: its aetiology and evidence base.
- To explore the existing indices and assessments for the quantifying and documentation of dry mouth.
- To develop the knowledge of medicaments and what works in the palliative treatment of oral dryness.
- GDC Outcomes: A, B, and C.