Salivary Hypofunction in Aging Adults

  • Catherine Hong
  • João N. A. R. FerreiraEmail author


  • Rapid progression to an edentulous status due to rampant tooth decay, opportunistic infections, inability to retain removable prostheses, discomfort during eating and speaking, burning sensation of the mouth, and diminished taste acuity are some of the reported signs and symptoms of dry mouth in aging adults.

  • A variety of symptomatic measures are available to alleviate dry mouth symptoms, but these largely fall under two categories: (1) saliva substitutes and lubricants and (2) saliva stimulants for local or systemic application.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry, Faculty of DentistryNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of DentistryNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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