Posted: March 1, 2010
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a problem that is more common in adults than children. According to the American Dental Association, it can frequently be a symptom of a health condition or a side effect of a medication (i.e. decongestants, antihistamines, diuretics, and pain relievers).
Sometimes dry mouth causes the following: a sore throat, burning sensation, hoarse voice, difficulty with speaking and/or swallowing, and nasal dryness. Consequently, if chronic dry mouth is not remedied, it can lead to tooth decay and damage! This is because saliva is needed to prevent a dry oral cavity, neutralize acids and dispose of food/tartar build-up. Plaque can create acids that cause damage to the teeth. Furthermore, a dry mouth is usually accompanied by bad breath.
If a person's mouth is excessively dry, it can negatively affect the oral tissues, sometimes causing inflammation and a higher risk of getting an infection. If you suspect you have chronic dry mouth, consult your dentist for a checkup and look for treatments.
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