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Most Common Causes of Dry Mouth

Those who endure from a dry mouth are experiencing from a reduce in saliva production. Saliva keeps the mouth moist. Saliva is the one that helps to digest the food that we eat and cleans the mouth as well. The thing that helps to prevent infections that typically form in the mouth and also controls the bacteria within the mouth is the Saliva We all will suffer from a dry mouth at some point in our lifetime. Some of the most common reasons for a dry mouth include: *Side effects of particular medications *Side effects of particular diseases *Side effects of particular medical treatments *Nerve damage *Dehydration *Damaged or removed salivary glands *Hormonal changes *Lifestyle One side effect of several medicine intakes is a dry mouth. Disease treatment such as depression, allergies, anxiety, pain, colds, obesity, acne, epilepsy, hypertension, diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders, epilepsy, urinary problems, and asthma commonly cause a dry mouth. If a certain medication lead to a dry mouth, the condition will normally fall down when the use of the medication is discontinued; however, it is forbidden to discontinue the approved medication without the order of the doctor. There are also diseases and infections that triggers the salivary glands and lead to a dry mouth. These infections and diseases are as follows: *Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) *Sjogren’s syndrome *Alzheimer’s disease *Diabetes *Anemia *Cystic fibrosis *Rheumatoid arthritis *High blood pressure *Parkinson’s disease *Stroke *Mumps It is also common for certain medical treatments to causes of dry mouth. Mostly, a theraphy that causes dry mouth is radiation that is done at the head and neck. Radiation which is usually given to a person who has a cancer in the upper part of their body or around their head and neck will commonly experience a dry mouth as side effect of the radiation. The radiation destroys the salivary glands which are the glands that produce saliva. However it works to kill the cancer. Those patients that have had radiation passes through their head and neck will probably suffer from reducing of saliva production for the rest of their lives even after the radiation therapy is completed. Lifestyle routine can also cause a dry mouth. Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco damages the body in many ways as well as causing a dry mouth. Dehydration also leads to a dry mouth. When we are sick, it is not normal for some of us to become dehydrated. Fevers, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, blood loss, and severe burns can cause dehydration. Drinking an low amount of water can also cause a dry mouth and can lead to dehydration. Avoid drinks with a high content of sugar in them including colas; these drinks tend to cause a dry mouth. Lastly, the way we breathe can determine whether or not we have a dry mouth. For those of us that breathe in and out of our mouths, we will most likely have a dry mouth compared to those people who breathe in and out through their nose.

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