Table 1

Consequences of xerostomia

Dryness of the mouth1-150 Burning sensation
Thirst sensationMucus accumulation
Difficulties in oral functioningChanges in soft tissues
Difficulties in wearing denturesShift in oral microbial flora
Nocturnal oral discomfortXerostomia induced caries
FatigueTaste disturbances
  • 1-150 A good correlation between subjective oral dryness and measured salivary flow rates is observed in about 70% of the patients.12 The other patients complain about oral dryness notwithstanding a normal salivary flow or the opposite.