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Learn About Dry Mouth - Xerostomia Continued...

Non Oral Symptoms of dry mouth:

  • dry throat
  • dry nose
  • changes in sense of smell
  • heartburn
  • dry or burning eyes
  • constipation
  • dry skin/scalp
  • vaginal itching, dryness, history of fungal infections
  • breathes through the mouth

Clinical Signs and Complications of dry mouth

Depending on the cause of dry mouth, the following signs and complications vary form mild to severe:

  • mucositis (inflammation of the lining of the mouth)
  • difficulty wearing dentures
  • candidiasis (fungal infection) especially on the tongue and palate
  • dental caries (decay): increase in prevalence, located at the sites generally not susceptible to decay
  • thicker, more stringy, whole saliva
  • difficulty with milking saliva from the ducts of the major salivary glands
  • loss of moist, glistening of the oral mucosa
  • dryness of oral mucous membranes
  • oral mucosa appears thin and pale
  • fissuring and lobulation, dorsum of the tongue
  • angular cheilitis (cracking of the corners of the mouth)
  • gingivitis
  • cracked, bleeding gums

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