Today’s dental professionals need a deep understanding of multiple factors that cause dry mouth, the prevalence in various populations, salivary composition and flow rates. Substantial scientific evidence demonstrates how dry mouth syndrome contributes to a multitude of dental disorders including caries, erosion, hypersensitivity, erosive tooth wear, and candida infections. A strong scientific foundation in dry mouth syndrome prepares clinicians to take a more effective role in early diagnosis of this complex, multifactorial syndrome, with the goal of preventing, minimizing, and reversing the effects of this modern-day condition. Dry mouth can be episodic or chronic and affects all age groups.
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