The dental profession has long addressed the problem of dry mouth, also known as xerostomia. This condition is caused by a decrease in saliva production from the salivary glands.
What can cause a dry mouth ?
- Medications, over 400 types of prescription and over-the-counter drugs have decreased saliva flow as a potential side effect.
- Certain diseases including Sjogren’s Syndrome, diabetes, HIV among others have dry mouth as a possible symptom.
- Mouth breathing, snoring, smoking, etc. do not cause xerostomia, however, they can make the problem worse.
A dry mouth, whatever the cause, can cause decay to develop rapidly, even in people with great oral hygiene. The good news is, we will work together to find a solution.