Xerostomia Xerostomia, dry mouth, is a common and chronic problem that not only impacts a patient’s comfort but can adversely affect swallowing and vocal abilities. There are many potential etiologies for dry mouth, ranging from the most common, side effects of other medications, to side effects from treatments like radiation for ... Article
Article  |   March 2012
Xerostomia
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Donna Lundy
    Department of Otolaryngology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Paula Sullivan
    Malcom Randall VAMC, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, Gainesville, FL
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations
Article   |   March 2012
Xerostomia
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2012, Vol. 21, 22-27. doi:10.1044/sasd21.1.22
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2012, Vol. 21, 22-27. doi:10.1044/sasd21.1.22

Xerostomia, dry mouth, is a common and chronic problem that not only impacts a patient’s comfort but can adversely affect swallowing and vocal abilities. There are many potential etiologies for dry mouth, ranging from the most common, side effects of other medications, to side effects from treatments like radiation for other disorders, to symptoms of other autoimmune disorders like Sjogren’s disease. This article will highlight evaluation methods for xerostomia along with potential treatments.

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