An interdisciplinary textbook on dry mouth, Xerostomia: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Practitioners provides an overview of xerostomia for physicians, dentists, nurses, speech-language pathologists, and otolaryngologists who encounter the condition in their practice.
Xerostomia is a common condition, yet only one in seven cases are referred to a speech-language pathologist or otolaryngologist for treatment. Featuring contributions from speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, dentists, oral pathologists, and nurses, the text's interdisciplinary approach and evidence-based framework provides practitioners with an awareness and understanding of xerostomia that will improve interprofessional coordination and enhance patient care.
With a robust accompanying website including patient education resources, Xerostomia addresses the following topics:
- An otolaryngologist's view of xerostomia, including causes, symptoms, evaluation, and treatment
- Patient perspectives of living with xerostomia, including quality of life measures and new research findings
- Effect of xerostomia on dental and oral health
- Voice disorders associated with xerostomia
- Impact of xerostomia on swallowing
- The science of saliva, including composition and production
- Pharmacological management of xerostomia
Xerostomia: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Practitioners provides indispensable information for general practitioners, internists, dentists, nurses, otolaryngologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech-language pathology students, as well as any health care practitioners who encounter patients with xerostomia.