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Patients with diabetes
Patients with high blood sugar levels are prone to experiencing dry mouth and it can lead to further oral health complications.
Patients having treatment for cancer
Patients who are having treatment for cancer, in particular head and neck cancer, are at significant risk of developing dry mouth. Dry mouth is one of the most common complications during and after radiotherapy treatment.
Patients with dementia
One of the main side effects of the medication patients with dementia and alzheimer take is dry mouth. Common medications with this side effect include; antidepressants, antipsychotics and sedatives.
Patients on multi-medication (polypharmacy)
More than 500 medications, both OTC and prescription, have xerostomia as a side effect and the prevalence increases with each medication taken. More than 3 medications taken in combination can lead to a 50% risk of developing dry mouth.
Patients with depression
Antidepressants are one of the groups of medication most commonly associated with dry mouth.
Patients with autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s syndrome, may suffer from dry mouth. This is due to their body’s immune system attacking glands that secrete fluid, especially the saliva glands.