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Salivary Gland Dysfunction and Xerostomia

  • Mahvash NavazeshEmail author
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Abstract

  • Saliva plays an important role in oral and systemic health.

  • Dry mouth or xerostomia is a common complaint among patients of different ages in general and among geriatric and medically complex patients in particular.

  • Salivary gland disorders are caused by a variety of etiologic factors.

  • Salivary gland dysfunction may lead to irreversible intraoral hard and soft tissue changes and ultimately may reduce the quality of life.

  • Oral healthcare providers play a significant role in risk assessment, early detection, management, and prevention of salivary gland disorders. These are essential for maintaining a proper oral and systemic health in this patient population.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Diagnostic Sciences, Herman Ostrow School of DentistryUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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