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Revista clínica de periodoncia, implantología y rehabilitación oral

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AITKEN-SAAVEDRA, Juan Pablo et al. Salivary characteristics and systemic status of subjects with xerostomia. Rev. Clin. Periodoncia Implantol. Rehabil. Oral [online]. 2017, vol.10, n.2, pp.118-120. ISSN 0719-0107.

Xerostomia or mouth feeling is a condition that severely affects the quality of life of thosewho suffer from it. Although it is related to the reduction of salivary flow (hyposalivation),there is contradictory evidence and it is suggested to evaluate qualitative salivarycharacteristics and systemic state of those affected in order to understand its etiology and improve associated terapies. The objective of this study was to compare saliva, pH and protein concentration and systemic status among xerostomic subjects with and without hyposialia. Were measured PH and protein concentration and were recorded systemic antecedents and drug use in 27 xerostomic individuals, who were divided into hyposalic and nonhyposalic individuals. The mentioned variables were compared using non-parametric Mann-Whitney test and Chi-Square test. Statistically significant differences were accepted with alpha error equal to or less than 0.05%. Xerostomic subjects with hyposialia presented higher prevalence of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjögren’s Syndrome compared to xerostomics without hyposialia. No statistically significant differences were found in relation to pH, protein concentration and drug use, variables that would not influence xerostomia, independent of hyposialia. Subjects with xerostomia with hyposialia present a higher frequency of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjögren’s Syndrome.

Palabras clave : Hyposalivation; Xerostomia; Sjogren`s Syndrome.

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