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Dry Mouth

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

Difficulty swallowing

Difficulty Speaking

Sore, cracked lips

Bad Breath

Problems tasting food/Altered sense of taste

Increased instances of plaque, cavities, tooth decay or gum disease

Difficulty eating dry food

Sore throat

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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