Impact of Dry Mouth on Patient Quality of Life

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Dry Mouth and Quality of Life

For some patients, dry mouth can simply be a nuisance; for others it can have more serious health consequences.1

The Impact of Dry Mouth on Patients

Dry Mouth Symptoms

Dry Mouth Symptoms

Physiological

  • Dry and sticky oral mucosa1,2
  • Dental caries1,3
  • Secondary infection: candidiasis1,4
  • Erythema, thinning or cracking of the oral cavity1
  • Thirst- frequent fluid intake1
  • Cracked lips1
  • Difficulty swallowing1
  • Difficulty eating dry foods1
  • Altered sense of taste1
  • Increased plaque, tooth decay or gum disease1
  • Soreness or split skin at the corners of the mouth1
  • Sore throat1
  • Difficulty speaking1

Psychological

  • Decreased quality of life due to a lack of sleep, eating difficulties and trouble speaking1
  • Embarrassment5
  • Withdrawal from social situations6

Depending on the cause, Dry Mouth may be permanent or temporary, and symptoms may be physiological or psychological, ranging from mild to severe.

Sufferers would be motivated to treat their Dry Mouth Symptoms if they understood the potential oral health consequences7

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Dry Mouth Can Have a Negative Social and Emotional Impact on Your Patient's Quality of Life

Dry Mouth can also be a significant health problem, as it may impact nutrition and social well-being, as well as contribute to physical problems.1 In one study, Dry Mouth patients reported being impacted frequently by physical pain, psychological discomfort and disability.8

Offer Your Dry Mouth Patients a Solution That Suits Their Different Needs, Around the Clock*

*With a daily Dry Mouth routine

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