Dry Mouth, That Dirty Word!

What is dry mouth? Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is caused by a decrease in the amount of saliva in the mouth. The salivary glands help keep your mouth moist, which helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. In addition, approximately 30% of persons over the age of 65 are affected by dry mouth.

Dry mouth may be a sign of a health problems, like patients receiving radiation and chemotherapy, or diabetic patients. There are numerous other health conditions that can cause dry mouth, including over 400 different medications.

As a whole, you want to prevent dry mouth if possible, because it can cause difficulty in tasting, chewing, or swallowing. It also leads to more cavities. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath, mouth soreness, gum disease, and difficulty in wearing dentures.

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