Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition where the mouth becomes very dry due to reduced saliva flow. It is caused by certain medical conditions and is also a side effect of some prescription drugs. People suffering from dry mouth are more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. For denture wearers, the soft tissues in the mouth are more prone to irritation causing denture wearing difficult.
- Certain medications (antihistamines, painkillers, high blood pressure medications, diuretics, antidepressants and others)
- Radiation and chemotherapy
- Conditions such as Sjogren's sundrome and Alzheimer's disease
Your doctor may be able to change your medication to help avoid a dry mouth. if you have a dry mouth it is important to keep hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate the flow of saliva, and there are sprays and moisteners to help lubricate the mouth.
If you have a dry mouth please discuss that with your dentist to see if they can help you find a suitable solution.