Protocol - Dry Mouth
These interviewer-administered questions are used to determine if the participant has xerostomia (dry mouth).
1. Does your mouth frequently feel dry?
2. Does your mouth feel dry when eating?
3. Does the amount of saliva in your mouth seem to be:
0[ ]Too little
1[ ]Too much
2[ ]Dont notice it
4. Do you sip liquids frequently during the day to keep your mouth moist?
2[ ]Not sure
5. Do you have difficulties swallowing food if you eat without additional fluids?
2[ ]Not sure
Protocol Name from Source:
Personnel and Training Required
The interviewer must be trained to conduct personal interviews with individuals from the general population. The interviewer must be trained and found to be competent (i.e., tested by an expert) at the completion of personal interviews.* The interviewer should be trained to prompt respondents further if a "dont know" response is provided.
*There are multiple modes to administer this question (e.g., paper-and-pencil and computer-assisted interviews).
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Infant, Toddler, Child, Adolescent, Adult, Senior, Pregnancy
Participants ≥17 years of age. May also be asked of children under 17 years old via a proxy.
These questions are from a nationally recognized study and are predictive of decreased salivary flow.
|Common Data Elements (CDE)||Person Dry Mouth indicator||2966457||CDE Browser|
|Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)||Oral dry mouth proto||62584-8||LOINC|
Process and Review
SourceNational Institute on Aging (NIA), Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging (BLSA), Dental Examination, questions 47 (question 1), 48 (question 2), 50 (question 3), 51 (question 4), and 52 (question 5).
Fox, P. C., Busch, K. A., & Baum, B. J. (1987). Subjective reports of xerostomia and objective measures of salivary gland performance. Journal of the American Dental Association, 115(4), 581–584.
|Variable Name||Variable ID||Variable Description||dbGaP Mapping|
|PX080401050000||Do you have difficulties swallowing food if more||N/A|
|PX080401010000||Does your mouth frequently feel dry?||N/A|
|PX080401020000||Does your mouth feel dry when eating?||N/A|
|PX080401030000||Does the amount of saliva in your mouth seem more||N/A|
|PX080401040000||Do you sip liquids frequently during the day more||N/A|
December 30, 2009
A measure to assess whether the respondent has a dry mouth and evidence of decreased salivary flow.
Reduced salivary flow is associated with increased severity of caries in adults.
Oral health, Dry mouth, Saliva, Xerostomia, Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, Dental Caries