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Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Program
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Saliva
Decreased saliva production is a risk factor for the development of caries.

Because it is most commonly a side effect of medications, physicians should avoid medications that inhibit saliva whenever possible.

Children who are at risk or are known to have

Xerostomia: Abnormal dryness of the mouth due to insufficient saliva production.
xerostomia, they should be more closely screened for caries. These children should also be referred to a dentist early.
 
Fast Facts
 
Decreased saliva production is a known risk factor for the development of caries.
 
Causes of limited saliva production include systemic diseases and salivary gland damage.
 
Decreased saliva production is most commonly a medication side effect.
 
When a child is at risk or is known to have xerostomia, he or she should be more closely screened for caries by a dentist.
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