Saliva is required to maintain the oral and digestive health of humans and prevent infection in the mouth as it also controls bacteria and fungi. Furthermore, saliva also prevents tooth decay and gum diseases. The other name of Dry mouth is xerostomia. It is a condition in which salivary glands stop producing sufficient saliva. This condition also results in bad breath and a dry throat. If you feel that you have a dry mouth, then you should visit a private dentist in Basingstoke. There can be many causes of dry mouth and the dentist will find the cause to provide a perfect treatment. One might experience extreme thirst, mouth sores, pain, bad breath, or trouble in chewing and swallowing.
Medications: Some medicines cause dry mouth as side effects. These medicines are used to treat depression, hypertension, blood pressure, pain, allergies, obesity, asthma, etc. Furthermore, it can also be a side effect of sedatives. If you notice any symptoms of dry mouth while taking medication, inform and discuss them with your doctor. Moreover, some medical treatments chemotherapy can also result in dry mouth.
Tobacco: Consumption of tobacco and smoking may reduce the production of saliva. Such products reduce the flow of saliva and put the mouth at risk of oral health issues.
Diabetes: Type 1 and type 2 diabetes reduces the production of saliva, which results in dry mouth. So people with diabetes are at more risk of dehydration and medicines needed to control diabetes also cause dry mouth.
Dehydration: Dehydration is a state in which the body loses its fluid. Causes of dehydration are illness, sweating, or inadequate intake of fluids. If your body reaches the stage of dehydration, it fails to produce sufficient saliva. Dry mouth is one of the symptoms of dehydration. If you feel dehydration, then immediately drink some water or visit a doctor.
Salivary Glands Removal: salivary glands produce saliva. There are three salivary glands parotid, sublingual and submandibular respectively. Sometimes in the cases of diseases such as tumors and infections, salivary glands are removed. Or these might get damaged due to swelling and damage by cysts, or stones.
You should brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly to reduce the risk of dry mouth. It will help to prevent gum diseases and other dental problems caused by dry mouth.
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