Diagnosing, managing, and preventing salivary gland disorders.

  title={Diagnosing, managing, and preventing salivary gland disorders.},
  author={Jonathan A. Ship},
  journal={Oral diseases},
  volume={8 2},
Salivary function provides host protection, assists in the initiation of food and fluid intake, and enables communication through speech. Without adequate salivary output, oral and pharyngeal health declines along with a person’s quality of life. The complaint of a dry mouth (xerostomia) and the objective finding of salivary dysfunction are common occurrences in older individuals, producing transient and permanent oral and systemic problems. Salivary dysfunction, however, is not a normal… CONTINUE READING


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