Xerostomia also called dry mouth, is caused when salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth wet.
A dry mouth can be caused by medications, dehydration, or breathing through the mouth.
Chronic dry mouth can lead to serious problems, severe dental health issues and should not be ignored.Causes of Dry Mouth When salivary glands are not working properly as the result of:1.
AgingAging often results in increased medication use, changes in the body's ability to process medication, inadequate nutrition, and long-term health problems.3.
Night SleepingDry mouths manifest mostly at night during sleeping, especially in mouth-breathers.Signs and Symptoms of Dry Mouth Burning, sore, or tingling sensation in mouth, tongue, or throatDryness in the mouth and throatFrequent thirst, dry eyes, pale gums, and hoarsenessDifficulty speaking, chewing, and swallowing (dysphagia)Increased desire to drink and swallow liquidsDiminished or altered sense of taste.Chapped or cracked lipsDifficulty wearing dentures Mouth sores, ulcers, nausea, and bad breathWhite tongue, indicative of a fungal infection like yeast (candidiasis)Red, bleeding gums, gingivitis, and periodontitisTooth decay, especially around the gum line or on the root surfacesFungal infections occurring in an individual with dry mouth may be associated with underlying diseases or disorders such as Addison's disease, HIV, or diabetes.
Untreated Dry Mouth can Lead to Serious ProblemsCavitiesGingivitis (gum disease)Halitosis (bad breath)Improper denture fitYeast infections Dry Mouth TreatmentTips to Ease Dry MouthAvoid decongestants and antihistamines when possible.Sip water before swallowing capsules or tablets.