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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 903-907

Artificial saliva for therapeutic management of xerostomia: A narrative review


1 Dental Intern, Dentistry Program, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 General Dentist, Ministry of Health, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Dental Intern, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Community Dentistry, Dentistry Program, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Hajer Ayed Alhejoury
Dentistry Program, Batterjee Medical College, Jeddah-21442
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.jpbs_236_21

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In clinical practice, xerostomia or oral dryness is a chronic disease condition encountered by most dentists and dental hygienists, which often causes a negative impact on the oral health-related quality of life of the affected individual. Xerostomia is caused due to salivary gland dysfunction. It is related to reduced salivary secretion or the absence of saliva flow, more frequently, exhibits qualitative changes in saliva proteins and immunoglobulin concentrations that arise due to salivary gland dysfunction. This condition causes discomfort and interferes with normal oral activities, and affected individuals are at high caries risk. There are several options for treatment and symptom management: salivary stimulants, topical agents, saliva substitutes, and systemic sialogogues. This review explores the current status of therapeutic management of patients affected by xerostomia and hyposalivation using artificial saliva.


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