What Causes Dry Mouth?

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Did you know that having a dry mouth can actually harm your oral health? You will have an increased risk for tooth decay and oral infections, not to mention that you may have trouble with your ability to taste, chew, swallow, and speak. You don’t want to develop a chronic dry mouth problem, so take a look at a few of the most common causes of dry mouth:

  • Your salivary glands may not be functioning correctly, which means that they are not able to produce the needed levels of saliva in your mouth.
  • Over 400 types of medication can reduce saliva flow. Some of the most common medications that cause this problem include antidepressants, antihistamines, epileptic medications, anti-psychotics, beta-blockers, and high blood pressure medication.
  • Vitamin deficiency can cause a dry mouth problem.
  • Dry mouth could be a symptom of a medical problem like Sjögren’s Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Radiation therapy performed in or near the head and neck areas can have a negative effect on the salivary glands.
  • Breathing through your mouth at night or because of a sinus or nasal problem can cause it to dry out.
  • Chemotherapy can thicken your saliva, making the mouth feel dry.
  • Hormone changes like menopause or pregnancy can create a dry mouth problem.
  • Nerve damage to the head or neck area may affect how the salivary glands produce saliva.

When you determine the cause of your dry mouth problem, then you will do a better job at treating it. Contact Dr. Joseph Neeley and our team today if you would like to learn more.