Table 2: Complications associated with xerostomia

Dysgeusia Taste disorder leading to distortions in ones taste, often described as metallic.
Often associated with a complete loss of taste or decrease in taste sensitivity.
Glossodynia Burning sensation in the mouth and tongue, often leading to alterations in taste and/or smell.
Cheilitis Inflammation of the lips and surrounding skin.
Sialadenitis Inflammation and enlargement of one or more salivary glands, associated with pain,
redness, and swelling.
Halitosis Unpleasant odor of breath as a result of poor oral hygiene.
Oral Candidiasis Results from the accumulation of the fungus Candida albicans on the lining of the mouth,
causing white lesions on the tongue and inner cheeks.
Dental Caries Tooth decay due to bacteria that may result in inflammation of the tissue surrounding the
teeth or formation of an abscess.