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DRY MOUTH

Dry mouth is the most common salivary gland problem. It is a sense of dryness that may be due to reduced salivary flow or changes in the composition of the saliva.

What are the causes of dry mouth?

  • Medicines: Antidepressants, anti- histamines, diuretics (water tablets), tranquilisers and many other drugs can often cause a dry mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Irradiation/Radiation therapy to the head and neck region
  • Chemotherapy
  • Age
  • Nerve damage: Injury to the head or neck can damage the nerves that tell salivary glands to make saliva. Some people feel a dry mouth even if their salivary glands are working correctly. Mouth Breathing
  • Diseases of the salivary gland

What are the symptoms of dry mouth?

You may experience some of the following:

 

  • Excessive thirst
  • Difficulties with: – Eating – Speaking – Swallowing – Wearing dentures
  • Burning sensation
  • Disturbed taste
  • Cracked / sore lips
  • Tongue sticks to the palate

 

What complications can arise from a dry mouth and how are they treated?
Dental decay:
Avoid by:
Reducing sugar intake, especially in between meals
Avoiding sticky foods like toffee
Brushing your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
Using a fluoride alcohol free mouthwash daily

Xerostomia affects the ability to chew, taste, swallow, and even speak. If left untreated, it can seriously damage patients’ oral health and have a major impact on their general health.

Talk to your dentist or doctor
If you think you may have dry mouth, a dentist can help to determine what is causing it, and recommend the appropriate treatment.

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