Dry mouth can be more than just uncomfortable and aggravating. When it goes on over time, it can significantly increase your risk of developing tooth decay.
What causes dry mouth?
Dry mouth is caused when the body produces little to no saliva. It can be a symptom of a medical condition, or it may be caused by other factors, including but not limited to:
- Certain medications (e.g., BP, Allergy and Pain meds)
- Certain emotional states (e.g., Depression/Anxiety)
- Some Medical Treatments (e.g., Head and neck radiation)
What can you do to feel better?
First and foremost good oral hygiene is crucial for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy mouth, but it is especially important for those suffering from dry mouth. The following are some important recommendations to help people with dry mouth feel relief:
- Sip water or sugar-free drinks
- Chew sugar-free gum, or suck on sugar-free candy
- Mouth rinse such as over-the-counter or a prescription rinse
- Clin-Pro prescription toothpaste
- Use a humidifier, especially at night
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