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What is Dry Mouth and How to Treat It?

July 7, 2022

What is Dry Mouth and How to Treat It?

Xerostomia is the medical term for dry mouth. A dry mouth is a condition in which the salivary glands are not functioning properly, leading to less saliva in the mouth. A dry mouth can be temporary or long-term, depending on the cause. While short-term dry mouth symptoms are usually not a cause for concern, long-term dry mouth symptoms can be disruptive to everyday life and may lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Saliva acts as a natural cleanser for the teeth and gums. Without adequate saliva, dental issues may occur.dry mouth treatment in brampton dentist

Causes of Dry Mouth 

  • Ageing (there is a higher risk of dry mouth with age) 
  • Certain medications (such as for high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, antihistamines, decongestants and pain medication)
  • Certain autoimmune medical conditions (such as Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, Eaton-Lambert syndrome and HIV)
  • Bone marrow transplant patients 
  • Uncontrolled diabetes 
  • Radiation treatment near the head and neck can permanently or temporarily damage the salivary glands. 
  • Lifestyle choices (such as smoking, drinking alcohol and recreational drug use)



What Causes Dry Mouth and How to Fix It

April 8, 2020

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Xerostomia is the name for a constantly dry mouth. It is caused by a reduction in salivary production of the salivary glands in the oral cavity. Dry mouth may have several different causes but is always something that needs to be addressed to maintain good oral health. 


Dry Mouth Products That Help

March 13, 2018

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Dry cracks in dirtDry mouth is a lack of saliva which results in a mouth that is not adequately moisturized or wet. Xerostomia is the clinical term used when referring to dry mouth. While it is normal for everyone to occasionally experience a dry mouth, having a mouth that is always dry is not normal.


Dry Mouth And Your Dental Health

October 24, 2016

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Dry cracks in dirtDry mouth may also be referred to as xerostomia, and it relates to any condition which results in an unusually dry feeling in the mouth. It may be caused by a decrease in saliva production or salivary flow. It may also be due to medications, which cause symptoms of a dry mouth as one of their side effects. In a smaller number of cases, it is caused by a condition that affects the salivary glands in the mouth. Dry mouth can offer once in a while or often occur, resulting in a significant impact on dental health. It affects your ability to enjoy food and appetite as well in some cases.