There are many ways to manage dry mouth Xerostomia that are explained in this hub so that it does not affect your quality of life. The first step is to ask your dentist about ways to restore moisture to your mouth with the help of artificial saliva and oral rinses. Also chewing a sugarless chewing gum or sucking on sugarless hard candies can help stimulate saliva and help manage xerostomia. read more
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The technical name for a dry mouth is called xerostomia. Xerostomia is the subjective feeling of oral dryness, which may or may not be associated with a problem with the salivary glands.
Xerostomia most commonly occurs as a side effect of medications. When the site of the medication being used acts upon the autonomic nervous system, there is a possibility the individual will have a dry mouth. Drug types which have been related with xerostomia include antihistamines, antihypertensives, tricyclic antidepressants, and sedatives.Consuming a greater number of medications results in a higher chance of having a dry mouth. Recreational drugs such as marijuana and heroin may also cause temporary or permanent reduction in saliva flow depending on usage and other factors.
A dryness of the mouth, having a varied etiology, resulting from diminished or arrested salivary secretion, or asialism.
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