Autonomic Neuroscience - Oral Physiology and Pharmacology
Does your mouth feel dry?
The response is yes from 25% of the adults, and for 3-5% the condition is severe. Dry mouth demolishes the quality of life. Not only hyposalivation but also changes in the composition of the saliva are causes of dry mouth. It causes difficulties in chewing, swallowing and speaking, impairs taste acuity and contributes to dental caries, halithosis and oral mucosal infections. A common cause of dry mouth is medication as a side effect. The research is focused on nervous and endocrine regulatory mechanisms of salivary glandular functions and the importance of saliva (and its composition) for the oral health with the overall aim to lay a ground for prevention and therapy associated with salivary gland dysfunctions. Recently a number of reviews sponsored by the World Workshop on Oral Medicine VI were published.