Dry mouth or “Xerostomia” can be the result of factors such as:
- The side effects of some medications or drugs
- Certain illnesses, diseases and medical conditions
- Smoking and/or chewing tobacco
- Loss of or damage to saliva glands
- Continual breathing through an open mouth
We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for dry mouth.Besides causing the aggravating symptoms mentioned above, dry mouth also increases a person’s risk of gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, and mouth infections, such as thrush.