Dry Mouth

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Dry Mouth
What causes dry mouth?
Why is saliva
so important?
an infection in the mouth
mouth sores
a dry, rough tongue
cracked lips
a dry feeling in the throat
a burning feeling in the mouth
trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting, or speaking
a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
It makes it possible for you to chew and swallow
It prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth
It protects teeth from decay
It helps digest food
Nerve Damage
Radiation therapy
Side effects of some medicines.
More than 400 medicines can cause the salivary glands to make less saliva. Medicines for high blood pressure and depression often cause dry mouth.
Some diseases affect the salivary glands. For example, Sjögren’s syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes can all cause dry mouth.
The salivary
glands can be damaged if they are exposed to radiation during cancer treatment.
Drugs used to treat cancer can make saliva thicker, causing the mouth to feel dry.
Injury to the head or neck can damage the nerves that tell salivary glands to make saliva.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Dry mouth is the feeling that there is not enough saliva in the mouth. if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems. It can also be a sign of certain diseases and conditions.