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
  • Dental caries2,3
  • Secondary infection: candidiasis3,4
  • Erythema, thinning or cracking of the oral cavity2
  • Oral dryness
  • Thirst- frequent fluid intake, night walking2
  • Cracked lips2
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty eating dry foods
  • Altered sense of taste2
  • Increased plaque, tooth decay or gum disease2
  • Soreness or split skin at the corners of the mouth2
  • Sore throat2
  • Difficulty speaking2

Psychological

  • Decreased quality of life including sleeping, eating and speaking2
  • Embarrassment5
  • Withdrawal from social situations6

For some patients, Dry Mouth can simply be a nuisance; for others it can have more serious health consequences.

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

Patient imagery and symptoms

Dry mouth can have a negative social and emotional impact on your patients’ 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.2 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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