We all know that saliva is necessary to moisten the food and to cleanse the mouth and when you don’t make enough saliva; your mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. A condition called nxerostomia, popularly known as dry mouth. It is more common in elderly people. Dry mouth can affect the speech, swallowing, dentures and can even increases the bacteria in the mouth causing bad breath and tooth decay in the long term.
If your taking certain medications that may cause dry mouth, then ask your doctor to adjust your dose or ask him to switch you to a different drug that does not cause dry mouth. Your doctor may also prescribe you an oral rinse that will help in restoring moisture or he/she may also prescribe a medication that boosts saliva production called Salagen.
Some other ways that can help you improve the saliva flow:
The prognosis depends on the underlying cause of the dry mouth. The focus should be on the removal of the cause and if the cause can’t be eliminated, then the affected person should be prevented from getting caries and candida yeast infection. Simple techniques can be used to stimulate the saliva like by taking a substitute for saliva and protecting the teeth and surrounding tissues. Good prognosis can be achieved by avoiding the side effects of dry mouth.
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