28Feb 2015

Xerostomia: A common problem of the Geriatric Population

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With the gradual increase in life pan and a global increase in the proportion of the elderly population, importance of health and oral health care among elderly is increasing. Xerostomia is the subjective complaint of oral dryness. Xerostomia may lead to the development of angular cheiliosis, mucosal ulceration and leukoplakia. It also causes significant problem in denture retention. Various studies reveal an association of xerostomia with increasing age and female gender. Two simple signs for the diagnosis of xerostomia are the ‘lipstick’ and ‘tongue blade’ signs. Current management of salivary dysfunction is directed at relieving symptoms, controlling the sequelae of hypofunction and stimulating the salivary function.

[Richa Goel and Archita Vedi (2015); Xerostomia: A common problem of the Geriatric Population Int. J. of Adv. Res. 3 (2). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

Dr Richa Goel

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