When produced in insufficient amounts, the lack of saliva can cause numerous problems. One of which is dry mouth syndrome, or xerostomia.
In this condition, the salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to moisten your mouth.
Patients with dry mouth syndrome are prone to serious dental problems such as bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
To learn more about dry mouth syndrome, keep reading.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth is caused by salivary glands in the mouth that don’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. The salivary glands may not work well because of:
Taking medications like over-the-counter drugs can result in dry mouth. Among the types that cause problems are some drugs used to treat high blood pressure and anxiety, depression, as well as some antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, muscle relaxants, and pain medications.
Diseases and Infections
Medical conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, anaemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and mumps can cause dry mouth.
Damage to the salivary glands can decrease the production of saliva. For example, the damage could arise from radiation to the head and neck, and chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
Fever, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhoea, blood loss, and burns can cause dry mouth.
Smoking or chewing tobacco can affect the amount of saliva you produce and worsen dry mouth. Breathing through your mouth can also contribute to the problem.
What are the Symptoms of Dry Mouth?
Common symptoms include:
- Sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
- Recurrent thirst
- Mouth sores and chapped lips
- Dry feeling in the throat
- Burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and tongue
- Dry and sore tongue
- Trouble in speaking, tasting, chewing, and swallowing
- Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
- Bad breath
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If you show symptoms of dry mouth syndrome, call (03) 9360 4417 or come and visit us at T097A Brimbank Shopping Centre Neale Road in Deer Park.
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