Xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth, is a condition in which the salivary glands in the mouth don’t produce enough saliva. Saliva keeps the mouth moist and cleanses it of bacteria. A lack of it makes for an uncomfortably dry mouth that is also more susceptible to infection and disease.
Symptoms of dry mouth include:
Dry mouth usually comes about as a side effect of certain medications or medical conditions, but can also be caused by damage to the salivary glands because of injury or surgery.
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms of dry mouth, here are a few tips for what to do:
Double-check medications: If you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications, speak with the doctor to see if any of these could be causing the dry mouth as a side effect.
There may be ways to alleviate the symptoms.
These are just a few general tips, but if you’re experiencing the symptoms of dry mouth often and it’s interfering with your life, pay a visit to our San Leandro, California office. That way you’re more likely to get to the root of the problem.
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