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Decreased Saliva Clearance

Decreased saliva clearance occurs due to several causes. The common causes are infections, intake of medications, dehydration, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, mumps, and problems in the jaw. Taking artificial saliva products and drinking plenty of water will increase saliva production.

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I salivate less after radiation therapy. When will it resolve?

Query: Hello doctor,I had my radiation treatment three months ago with 60 Gy on 3D-CRT, and I have less saliva formation in my mouth. I am concerned about when it will go away. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Andrew Chellakumar Fenn

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. From your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), I can make out you had oral cavity surgery followed by postoperative radiation therapy. In such a scenario, due to radiation therapy affecti...  Read Full »

My mom does not have salivary secretion even after 6 months of chemotherapy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is suffering from neck and tongue cancer. Doctor suggested radiation and chemotherapy and we have completed the treatment successfully before six months. But until now, the process of saliva in the mouth is not started yet. Can you prescribe some medicine for it? And we are...  Read Full »

Dr. Raturi Vijay Parshuram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your information, your mother has undergone chemo-radiotherapy for carcinoma tongue with lymph nodes. So while delivering the radiation dose to cancer, the parotid (salivary gland) gland was also exposed to radiation leading to radiation-induced xerostomia (de...  Read Full »

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