My Mouth is Dry – Is That Ok?
Many people suffer from a condition of dryness in their mouth. When you mouth is dry, this allows bacteria that cause decay to become much more active. What this means is that unless a patient with dryness in the mouth is careful, decay can become rampant and cause extreme damage to the teeth.
What causes your mouth to become dry? There are many factors that can lead to dryness in the mouth. Side effects of certain medications can cause dryness, including drugs used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, and colds (antihistamines and decongestants), obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension (diuretics), diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders, urinary incontinence, asthma (certain bronchodilators), and Parkinson's disease. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of muscle relaxants and sedatives. Side effects of certain diseases and infections can cause dryness, including Sjögren's syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, anemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and mumps. Side effects of certain medical procedures can cause dryness, including radiation and chemotherapy for cancer. Smoking or chewing tobacco can affect saliva production and aggravate dry mouth. Continuously breathing with your mouth open can also contribute to the problem.
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Early diagnosis of dryness in the mouth is very important and treatment will vary with patients. If you or anyone you know have symptoms of dry mouth, contact us today! Call today to make an appointment: 561-623-9935 or request an appointment online at www.mydowntowndentalcare.com.