Dry mouth leaves the mouth without enough saliva to wash away food and neutralize plaque, leaving you more susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease. In addition, dry mouth can cause sore throat, problems with speaking, difficulty swallowing and hoarseness.
Dry mouth can be caused by many different things such as:
- Medications — more than 1800 medications can cause the salivary glands to make less saliva — including antihistamines, diuretics, pain killers, high blood pressure medications and antidepressants. These medications can not only cause dry mouth, but also soft tissue changes, taste changes, and gingival overgrowth
- Disease — some diseases affect the salivary glands. Sjögren’s Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Lupus, and Parkinson’s disease (just to name a few) can cause dry mouth
- Radiation therapy — the salivary glands can be damaged if they are exposed to radiation during cancer treatment
- Chemotherapy — drugs used to treat cancer can make saliva thicker, causing the mouth to feel dry.
- Nerve damage — injury to the head or neck can damage the nerves that tell salivary glands to make saliva.
Dry mouth treatment will depend on what is causing the problem. Feel free to speak with us, or your medical doctor if you feel you have dry mouth. We would be happy to suggest steps you can take to try to help relieve some of the symptoms of dry mouth. There are also products available that we can recommend (such as sugarless gum, oral rinses, special toothpastes and artificial saliva products) to help cope with the effects of dry mouth.
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