Dry Mouth Syndrome

There are several causes of dry mouth (xerostomia) and these can include: a side effect of certain medications, a side effect of certain diseases and infections, a side effect of certain medical treatments, and nerve damage, to name a few.

Saliva is needed to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva prevents infections by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When our saliva production is reduced out mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms of dry mouth are a sticky feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, sores in the moth or split corners of the mouth, cracked lips, a dry feeling in the throat, hoarseness and bad breath.

If dry mouth is a result of a medication, a treatment or an infection, a change in the medication, treatment of resolving the infection will alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. If the dry mouth is a result of an auto-immune disease, there are methods for restoring mouth moisture. Medications may be prescribed by your doctor and will stimulate saliva production. There are over the counter mouth rinses, artificial saliva substitutes and other suggestions such as drinking plenty of fluids which may help to restore the proper moisture in the mouth.

There can be complications of severe dry mouth symptoms such as choking and gingivitis and so the treatment for the symptoms of dry mouth should not be ignored.

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