Dry Mouth

A Clinical Guide on Causes, Effects and Treatments

  • Guy Carpenter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Background Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Guy Carpenter
      Pages 3-4
  3. Causes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Anne Marie Lynge Pedersen
      Pages 7-31
    3. Gordon B. Proctor
      Pages 33-50
  4. Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Anja Weirsøe Dynesen
      Pages 69-80
    3. Antoon J. M. Ligtenberg, Annica Almståhl
      Pages 81-101
    4. W. Murray Thomson
      Pages 103-115
  5. Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Stephen J. Challacombe, Samira M. Osailan, Gordon B. Proctor
      Pages 119-132
    3. Bethan Louise Thomas
      Pages 133-144
  6. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Thomas M. Richards, Christopher M. Nutting
      Pages 147-164
    3. Taichi Inui
      Pages 175-194
    4. Robert P. Coppes, Tara A. van de Water
      Pages 195-212
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-218

About this book


This wide-ranging guide to dry mouth, or xerostomia, is intended to meet the needs of dentists by providing information on all clinically relevant aspects. After introductory discussion of salivary secretion and function, the potential causes of dry mouth, including diseases affecting saliva production, drugs and irradiation, are examined. Symptoms and signs such as altered taste, bacterial changes and infection are discussed, and impacts on quality of life, described. Diagnostic issues are fully explored, covering the use of clinical scoring scales, difficulties in assessment, detection of early signs and the role of salivary biomarkers. The full range of treatment options and preventive measures is then described, including the use of intensity-modulated radiotherapy to spare salivary function, the value of artificial salivas and the beneficial effects of regular chewing. The book closes by considering future treatment avenues and the potential for salivary gland regeneration.


Oral Dryness Saliva Salivary Gland Production Taste Xerostomia

Editors and affiliations

  • Guy Carpenter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Salivary ResearchKings College London Dental InstituteLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-55153-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-55154-3
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