Medicines’ dry mouth
DRY mouth induced by certain medicines is the topic of the latest Veterans MATES module.
Noted as particularly common among the elderly, medicineinduced dry mouth can lead to oral and general health damage, significantly impairing quality of life, the material explains.
In 2017 the World Workshop on Oral Medicine VI documented a list of medicines that affect salivary gland function.
The article urges veterans to have regular dental checkups, as a means of reducing hospitalisations, highlighting that poor oral health is associated with major chronic conditions including cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as diabetes.