What is dry mouth?
Saliva is our body's natural way of keeping our mouth moist and lubricated. When there is a decrease of saliva flow or lack of in the mouth, a condition called "Dry Mouth" occurs. Dry mouth affects us all at one point or another, but the time period that it affects us is very short and mostly temporarily: such as when we're dehydrated or stressed. However, dry mouth can become a regular problem as we age and our bodies change, or when our bodies are changed due to treatment, disease or lifestyle.
What causes dry mouth?
Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands stop working effectively. This can be caused by:
Symptoms of dry mouth:
Symptoms can include all or some of the above; however, saliva flow may be reduced to 50% before you feel any of the profound effects of dry mouth. Saliva is important in maintaining a healthy and cavity free mouth, lack of it can cause additional dental problems.
What can you do?
Keep your teeth healthy and decay/cavity-free by:
If your medications are causing dry mouth, discuss with your medical doctor if alternate medications can be used.
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