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Causes of Dry Mouth

Causes of Dry MouthDry mouth can be caused by different factors and can lead to dental problems. When there is low production of saliva in the mouth, plaque particles have a tendency to stick to the teeth more and not be rinsed away. Saliva is also a lubricant and is beneficial during eating, swallowing and speaking.

But what causes dry mouth? Certain medications have a side effect such as dry mouth. If you are taking medication that is severely hampering your production of saliva, you may want to speak to your doctor about it to see if you can have the medication changed.

Anxiety and panic can also create dry mouth. If you are frightened over something, your mouth will go dry. In this case, dry mouth is just a symptom of an anxious state, and once the anxiety passes, so will the dry mouth.

Certain diseases that affect the salivary glands, such as AIDS, can create a dry mouth condition. Also certain medical treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy for cancer, can cause a dry condition within the mouth.

If you have a dry mouth condition, there are a few things you can do about it. You can check with your dentist regarding artificial saliva, which might be of assistance. If medication is causing it, you can have the dosage or the medication changed. You can also chew gum or suck on candy to create moistness in the mouth.

Dry mouth can be a problem, but it does have a solution.

Source: Cosmetic Dentist Northridge

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