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Xerostomia – Dry Mouth Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Xerostomia – Dry Mouth Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

We’ve been seeing a lot of older patients with xerostomia (dry mouth) lately. This can be caused by taking multiple prescription drugs that all have xerostomia as a side effect. It is important not to drink sugary or acidic drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, sweet tea…) or to use sugar-filled hard candies to try to regain the moisture that is lacking. This can lead to more cavities that advance quickly due to the lack of saliva!

http://www.biotene.com/ – Biotene is a saliva substitute that is available over the counter at your local pharmacies.

http://www.mi-paste.com/ – MI Paste is a special tooth paste like substance that we offer in the office to combat the most severe xerostomia in the patients with many possible or active caries lesions (cavities). This can also be used to lubricate the teeth prior to bedtime in the severe cases of dry mouth that lead to ulcers in the mouth form the teeth rubbing the cheeks.

http://drjohns.com/?i=herballollipops – Xylitol candies and gums help stimulate salivary flow and prevent cavities. The xylitol is a natural sweetener that inhibits growth of the cavity producing bacteria. Using these candies 2-3 times a day for 10 days can help reduce the bacteria for 3 or more months!

Also if you can trace back your dry mouth to just one particular medicine that you began taking, tell your doctor. Many times there are several medicines that perform the same function. Changing a prescription might lessen the drug-induced xerostomia!

And finally, one of the most important things to remember is to drink plenty of water. Proper hydration will help your salivary flow, especially as the weather warms up.