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Dealing with “Dry Mouth”

Q: How do I know if I have a condition called
‘dry mouth?’


Dr. Eric Valle

Dr. Eric Valle

Everyone’s mouth feels dry from time to time, but if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it may indicate
that you have a problem with saliva production called Xerostomia or dry mouth. Dry mouth means you don’t have enough saliva or spit to keep your mouth moist. Without adequate saliva
to lubricate your mouth, wash away food, and neutralize the acids produced by plaque, extensive
cavities can form, so dry mouth should not be ignored. Reduced saliva flow that results in a dry mouth is more common among older adults, and often a side effect of medications such as antihistamines,
diuretics, pain killers and medicines for high blood pressure. It may also be caused by medical disorders like diabetes or cancer. Symptoms
of dry mouth include a dry feeling in your mouth and throat, trouble swallowing, a burning
sensation on your tongue, reduced ability to taste things, a metallic taste in your mouth, mouth sores, or frequent bad breath. If you suffer from dry mouth your dentist can recommend various methods to help restore moisture. Saliva substitutes
or specially formulated mouthwashes are among the recommendations that he or she might make to bring you relief. Additional information on this subject can be found at www.ada.org or at www.colgate.com.


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