Xerostomia: Analysis among dental patients
Al-Rafidain Dental Journal,
2005, Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 108-113
AbstractThe present study was conducted to estimate the incidence
of xerostomia (dry mouth) among 200 dental patients had
different systemic diseases, including hypertension, diabetes,
cardiovascular (CV) problems, anemia, arthritis and cancer.
Distribution of xerostomia according to the type of systemic
disease, age and sex was analyzed.
In this study, 64% of total patient represent xerostomia,
24.5% of xerostomic cases were males, while 39.5% were females.
Incidence of xerostomia was correlated directly with
age where 16% of xerostomic patients were limited in age
group between 21–40 years, while 48% of xerostomic
patients were limited in the age group between 41–60 years.
The results concluded that systemic disease played role
in development of xerostomia which could be due to underlying
medical condition, or due to their medication intake. Patients
complained from xerostomia were instructed for good
oral hygiene and increase their water intake. In certain cases,
pilocarpine was indicated to relieve their symptoms.
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