Dry mouth is one of the most common oral health related issue. It is a condition that describes lack of moisture in the mouth, which can be brought on by diabetes, which is also called altered salivary flow (xerostomia). Mouth is the first part of digestive process as the teeth and muscles in the mouth help in chewing the food into smaller pieces to make the food item digestible in the stomach and intestine.
Some people with diabetes complain of dry mouth. This may be caused by medicines you take. You may notice a dry mouth if your blood sugar levels are high. A dry mouth can increase your risk of cavities, because there's less saliva to wash away germs and take care of the acids they create. Dry mouth can sometimes lead to other problems, such as salivary gland infections.
Usually, dry mouth occurs due to side effects of some medications that are used to treat hypertension or other heart issues and manage complications of diabetes. Some other drugs that cause this condition are those used to cure depression, allergies, diuretics, anti-psychotics, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory medications. Not just medications, even caffeinated beverages also cause dry mouth.
The best way to avoid dry mouth in diabetes is to drink plenty of water while taking these medications, as well as for general health care. A diabetic patient should see their dentist for an oral examination in every six months as a precautionary measure. Optimal oral health will improve diabetes control and quality of life. Follow these below mentioned ways to prevent dry mouth:
Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy requires a team effort. You're the most important person on this team to do the day-to-day mouth care. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your dentist. Remember, good dental health can create a healthy mouth and a smile that will last a lifetime.
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