Dry Mouth Information

Dry mouth is the feeling that there is not enough saliva in the mouth.

Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while -- if you are nervous, upset or under stress.

But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems.   It can also be a sign of certain diseases and conditions.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging. So if you think you have dry mouth, see your dentist or physician. There are oral health related things you can do to get dry-mouth relief.

The technical term for dry mouth is xerostomia (ZEER-oh-STOH-mee-ah)

Symptoms of Dry Mouth include:

Why is Saliva so Important?

Saliva does more than keep the mouth wet.

Dry mouth caused by insufficient saliva can develop tooth decay or other infections in the mouth. You also might not get the nutrients you need if you cannot chew and swallow certain foods.

 Some people feel they have a dry mouth even if their salivary glands are working correctly.  People with certain disorders, like Alzheimer's disease or those who have suffered a stroke, may not be able to feel wetness in their mouth and may think their mouth is dry even though it is not.

Causes Dry Mouth

People get dry mouth when glands in the mouth that make saliva are not working properly. Because of this, there might not be enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. There are several reasons why these glands (called salivary glands) might not work right.

What can be Done about Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth treatment will depend on what is causing the problem. If you think you have dry mouth, see your dentist or physician. He or she can try to determine what is causing your dry mouth.

What can I do about Dry Mouth?

Information on How is Dry Mouth Treated

Dry mouth treatment will depend on what is causing the problem. If you think you have dry mouth, see your dentist or physician. He or she can help to determine what is causing your dry mouth. If your dry mouth is caused by medicine, your physician might change your medicine or adjust the dosage.

Types of Foods and Beverages you should Avoid if you have Dry Mouth

You should avoid sticky and sugary foods. If you do eat them, brush immediately afterwards. Also, be aware that spicy and salty foods can cause pain in a dry mouth.

You should also avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol. They can dry out the mouth.

Foods and Beverages that are Beneficial if you have Dry Mouth

You should drink water or sugarless drinks. They make chewing and swallowing easier when eating. Also, sugarless gum and sugarless hard candy are beneficial because they can stimulate saliva flow if your salivary glands are still capable of producing some saliva.

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Kind of Toothpaste you should use to Keep your Teeth Healthy

You should use toothpaste with fluoride in it. Most toothpaste sold at grocery and drug stores have fluoride in them.

Type of Mouthwash you should use to Keep your Mouth Healthy

You should use mouthwashes that do not contain alcohol. Alcohol can dry out the mouth.

How often should you Visit a Dentist?

You should visit your dentist for a check-up at least twice a year -- and more often if you have dry mouth. Your dentist might give you a special fluoride solution that you can rinse with to help keep your teeth healthy.

Tips for Keeping your Teeth Healthy

If you have dry mouth, you need to be extra careful to keep your teeth healthy. The following information will help you deal
with dry mouth:

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