Information About Dry Mouth Syndrome

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Information About Dry Mouth Syndrome:

Information About Dry Mouth Syndrome

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So much attention is given to serious and life-threatening health conditions, that much of the time the lesser issues are swept under the rug and not discussed at all. Dry mouth is one of those conditions that affects many people in society, yet isn’t really talked about. For many people, having a dry mouth is hardly something to complain about, let alone seek treatment for, but it can disrupt your life if it gets out of hand. Most sufferers of dry mouth syndrome don’t even notice that anything is happening until their flow of saliva has dropped by half. Taking some time to learn about this largely inconvenient condition might make your life easier now, or sometime in the future.

What Is Dry Mouth Syndrome?:

Dry mouth, or dry mouth syndrome is technically known as “ xerostomia ” and it basically consists of a feeling that you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth. The feeling is usually persistent, and even though it isn’t going to land you on your back, saliva is important to protect mouth tissue, and prevent tooth decay and bad breath. What Is Dry Mouth Syndrome ?

Symptoms:

Aside from just the feeling of having a dry mouth, there are several symptoms you can watch for to determine if you have it or not. Some of the common symptoms include: Cracking at the corners of your mouth and tenderness inside the mouth. Food tasting different than normal. Waking up more during the night with the need to drink. A red look in your mouth and the look of tiny pebbles on your tongue. Difficulty speaking clearly. Noticing one or more of these symptoms doesn’t guarantee that you have dry mouth syndrome, but it is a step in that direction. Symptoms

Common Causes:

There are four basic reasons that your saliva flow would be reduced enough to get dry mouth. 1 ) Medications – There are more than 400 medications that list dry mouth as a side effect, and the more medications you take, the more likely you are to have it. Some over-the-counter medicines like certain beta-blockers, antihistamines, anti-depressants and diuretics may also contribute to having a dry mouth. 2 ) Sjogren’s Syndrome & Diabetes - Most people are familiar with diabetes, but Sjogren’s Syndrome is probably a condition that is unfamiliar. Basically, Sjogren’s Syndrome consists of a malfunctioning immune system that actually attacks the body’s own salivary glands and tear ducts, resulting in dry mouth. With diabetes, the dry mouth is caused by fluid loss from increased urination or different hormonal and metabolic imbalances. Common Causes

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3) Cancer Treatments - Radiotherapy is a cancer treatment that has the potential to reduce saliva flow almost completely. It’s widely used on patients who are suffering from head or neck cancers, and many will never regain a full saliva flow again. 4) Aging – Decreased saliva flow is one of the natural side effects of getting older, but the main reason that older people from dry mouth more often relates to the other main causes. Older people generally take more medications and they have higher instances of cancer, diabetes and Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Prevention & Treatment :

Prevention & Treatment Whether you suffer from one of the four main causes or not, if you have a dry mouth on a persistent basis, getting rid of it is often on the top of your mind. The main goal of treating and preventing dry mouth is to stimulate the flow of saliva. Or at least don’t contribute to lessening the flow. Some solutions that work well include : Sipping water regularly Chewing sugarless gum Eating foods that require a lot of mastication Sucking on the rind of a lemon Breathe through your nose as often as possible Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste

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Visit the dentist for regular cleanings Use an over the counter saliva substitute Do not smoke Avoid overly salty foods Decrease caffeine intake Chew your food slowly Try as many preventative measures as you can, and continue to look for more that don’t have any other side effects. If you really want to try and narrow down one individual treatment that works for you, try one at a time so you’ll know for sure.

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