Skip to main content

Oral Care Guide For Teens - Oral Problems - Reduced saiva secretion

Please note that in-text links in this page will open a new window.

Reduction in saliva secretion that results in a dry mouth is a common problem among older adults.

Causes
 
  • Salivary glands are damaged after radiotherapy.
  • Taking medications such as anti-hypertensives and anti-convulsants
  • General health problem like Sjogren’s Syndrome, Autoimmune Diseases, etc.
 

Consequences of reduction in saliva secretion
 
 

Management
 
  • Drink water frequently to keep the mouth moist.
  • Tell medical doctor about the dryness of mouth. If the dryness is severe, artificial saliva may be prescribed. Or if possible, alternative medicines may be used to replace the causative drug.
 
Explanation of WCAG 2.0 Level Double-A Conformance