Depressive symptoms in individuals with idiopathic subjective dry mouth
1997 (English)In: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine : official publication of the International Association of Oral Pathologists and the American Academy of Oral Pathology, Vol. 26, no 10, 448-450 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
It has been known for many centuries that there is a relationship between saliva flow rate and emotional status. The significance of psychological processes in the subjective sensation of a dry mouth has been discussed earlier, and this study deals with the presence of depressive symptoms in individuals with idiopathic subjective sensation of a dry mouth. Depressive symptoms in 94 healthy subjects with normal flow rates for unstimulated and stimulated whole saliva but with a subjective sensation of a dry mouth were assessed by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and compared with healthy age- and gender-matched controls. The subjects with a subjective dry mouth condition were significantly more depressive and also had a significantly higher frequency of depressive symptoms. Depression was found in 21.3% of the individuals with a subjective dry mouth sensation and in 3.2% of the controls. The results of this study indicate that, in some cases, subjective dry mouth may be of psychological origin.
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1997. Vol. 26, no 10, 448-450 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-8953PubMedID: 9416574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-8953DiVA: diva2:148624