Dry mouth affects some 10% of Americans and tends to affect women more than men. If you suffer from dry mouth, then you know how frustrating it is to deal with. You may find yourself drinking a lot of water, but all that seems to accomplish is more trips to the restroom! Determining the root cause of your dry mouth may help you to cope with it. We’re going to talk about the three most common causes of dry mouth.
Whether prescription or over-the-counter, there are many drugs on the market which have dry mouth as a side-effect. This may be the most easily altered cause of dry mouth. Talk with your doctor if you feel that a change in your medication may help to alleviate this side-effect.
Symptom of Another Medical Condition
It is not uncommon for a number of medical conditions to have dry mouth as an accompanying symptom. Such common conditions include diabetes, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis. It may not be so easy to eliminate the cause of your dry mouth in such a case, but you can still take good care of your oral health and manage the effects of dry mouth.
Damage to the Salivary Gland
If you have ever had invasive surgery around your saliva ducts or perhaps were on a course of radiation or chemotherapy for cancer treatment, then your saliva gland could have been damaged. This was likely unavoidable and now irreversible. Here, again, you can still deal with the symptom of dry mouth by collaborating with your dental team.
Ask your dentist about the techniques and products he or she recommends for keeping your mouth moist, comfortable, healthy, and free of dry-mouth induced tooth decay.
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