Dry mouth caused by the reduction of saliva flow is most common among older adults but people of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. This includes a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.
Disease or infection can lead to dry mouth, but a more frequent cause is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
Allergy-prone dental patients complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the Trinity hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva keeps the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive cavities can occur in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
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