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- Mar 12 2018
DRY MOUTH: CAUSES & TREATMENT
We all experience a dry mouth once in a while when we are anxious or dehydrated. Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition in which the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth hydrated. If this condition persists, it can be a signal of an underlying problem.
Dry mouth could be a result of any of the following conditions.
Medications used to treat depression, high blood pressure, anxiety or any over the counter drugs can cause dry mouth due to side effects.
- Many people experience dry mouth as they age.
- Cancer therapy
- Chemotherapy drugs can change the nature of saliva and the amount of saliva produced. Similarly, radiotherapy to your head and neck can cause the salivary glands to become inflamed. This could be temporary or permanent.
- Other health conditions
Dry mouth can be a result of certain other health conditions. Diabetes, stroke, yeast infection in the mouth, Alzheimer's disease, Sjogren's syndrome or HIV/AIDS are some diseases that can cause a dry mouth. Snoring and breathing with your mouth open can also lead to dry mouth.
- Lifestyle factors
Alcohol consumption, smoking or chewing tobacco can elevate the symptoms of dry mouth. Use of recreational drugs can also lead to dry mouth and damage the teeth.
- Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth
- Thick and stringy saliva
- Bad breath
- Difficulty in chewing, speaking and swallowing
- Dry or sore throat
- Dry tongue
- An altered or decreased sense of taste
- Difficulty in wearing dentures
- A sticky feeling in the mouth
- Frequent thirst
- Sores in the mouth
- Recurrent mouth infections
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
If dry mouth is a caused due to any treatment or medication, the symptoms generally tend to disappear once the treatment is over or by changing the dosage of the medication.
There are other steps that you can take to relieve dry mouth symptoms.
- Drink enough water and keep your mouth hydrated at all times.
- Chew on sugar free gums.
- Use artificial saliva substitutes.
- Breathe through your nose.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
- Switch to a fluoride tooth paste and rinse.
Consult a dentist today if you have been experiencing a persistent dry mouth.
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