Dry Mouth, medical name Xerostomia, is caused by decreased saliva production. Dry mouth is usually a symptom of other conditions rather than a separate disorder.
Symptoms associated with dry mouth:
Dryness or stickiness in the mouth
Sore, cracked lips
Problems tasting food/Altered sense of taste
Increased instances of plaque, cavities, tooth decay or gum disease
Difficulty eating dry food
Split skin or sores in the corners of mouth
Causes of dry mouth:
Consuming beverages with alcohol or caffeine
Side effect of some medications
Medications include both over the counter and by prescription: antihistamines, decongestants, pain relievers, diuretics, HBP medications, antidepressants, sedatives, muscle relaxants
Symptom of some other medical conditions or treatments
Medical conditions include: hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Sjogren's Syndrome, stroke, damage to salivary glands and treatments associated with cancer, ie: radiation or chemotherapy.
Managing dry mouth:
Frequent sips of water
Sucking on sugar free, non-acidic hard candies
Regular dental exams
Use a humidifier at home
Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated or carbonated beverages as they may increase the severity of dry mouth.
Use an alcohol-free rinse, like Biotine or Sensodyne Oasis
If severe enough, your dentist or medical professional may recommend using artifical saliva.
For more information on dry mouth, please visit the American Dental Association website here
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