Understanding the Causes of Dry Mouth
Xerostomia (“xero” = dry, “stomia” = mouth) is a common condition that affects millions of people each year. And even though so many people deal with this issue, many don’t understand why or what to do about it. Causes can range from the usual morning dry mouth to the effects of smoking, alcohol, and coffee consumption. Medications, salivary gland diseases, or diseases in general can also cause it. If you routinely experience dry mouth, discuss your concerns with your dentist during a routine exam or cleaning. Help can range from simply improving your oral hygiene to increasing the amount of water you drink daily (if dehydrated). Taking local agents or prescription medications can also be used for reducing dry mouth.