Most of us take for granted the protective value of saliva. That is, until we lack it. Increased tooth decay, mouth infections, challenges speaking, eating and swallowing, ulcerations and soreness in the mouth, an altered sense of taste and difficulty wearing dentures-these are all common effects of those of us suffering from chronic or frequent dry mouth.
Persistent dry mouth, or xerostomia, is not generally a disease unto itself, but usually a side effect of certain medical treatments or a symptom of various medical conditions. The most common reason is as a side effect of medicines we take. Over 400 commonly prescribed drugs can cause xerostomia.
While the best treatment is to address the underlying cause, it is not always possible to do so. Managing a dry mouth is often our only chance at relief.
So, here are some tips that may help in addressing a dry mouth.
Brush and floss twice a day. Saliva is a great weapon against the bacteria that cause decay. When it is in short supply, having impeccable home is care is a must to avoid cavities and tooth loss.
Dealing with Dry Mouth - Xerostomia (page 1 of 4)