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Acupuncture May Provide Relief From Dry Mouth

 
Chapter: Dry Mouth Harms Quality of Life

The quality of life of patients suffering from dry mouth is often profoundly impaired. Symptoms include extensive dental decay, infections of the tissues of the mouth, difficulty in speaking, eating and swallowing, ulceration or soreness of the mouth, an altered sense of taste and difficulty in wearing dentures.

 

"Typical treatment options for dry mouth have been short-term at best," according to Warren M. Morganstein, DDS, MPH, and associate dean at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland Dental School. "Studies have found that acupuncture is a viable option to successfully treat dry-mouth pain in patients and provide long-term relief."
 

Reviewed: January 2012