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What Causes Dry Mouth and How We Can Help?

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mar33Dry mouth is an uncomfortable condition caused by a lack of saliva. Unfortunately it can increase your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay, because saliva is essential for keeping your mouth healthy and clean. There are a number of reasons why you may develop dry mouth and which include:

  • Taking certain prescription and non-prescription drugs
  • As a side-effect of illnesses including diabetes, Parkinson’s and Sjögren’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis and hypertension
  • As a side-effect of radiation or chemotherapy treatment for head and neck cancers
  • Having a head injury or other trauma that has damaged your salivary glands or the nerves in your head and neck area
  • Smoking or using other tobacco products, or mouth breathing

Typical symptoms of dry mouth include frequently feeling thirsty, or having a sticky and dry feeling in your mouth, having problems with speaking and with chewing and swallowing foods, and persistent bad breath.

If you think you may have dry mouth, come to see our dentist here at Apple Dental. We can help to determine the cause of your dry mouth. Our dentist can prescribe an oral rinse or artificial saliva to help you feel more comfortable and we will talk to you about how to reduce your risk of dental disease. If we think the problem is due to prescription medications, we may suggest you visit your GP to find out if they can help with this problem. Ensuring you drink plenty of water and sucking sugar-free sweets or chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate saliva production.

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