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What is It: Dry Mouth?

People that agonize from a dry mouth are suffering from a lowering in saliva production. The saliva maintains the mouth moist. Saliva also cleans the mouth and helps to digest the food that we eat. In addition, saliva also control bacteria in the mouth and helps prevent infection, which typically form in the mouth. Everyone will be affected by dry mouth at some point in our lives. Other of the most common reasons for a dry mouth are: ¡ Side effects of some medications ¡ Side effects of some diseases ¡ Side effects of certain medical treatments ¡ Nerve damage ¡ Dehydration ¡ Damaged salivary glands ¡ Hormonal changes ¡ Lifestyle Those who believe that suffering dry mouth, here are some common symptoms: ¡ Dry and sticky feeling in the mouth ¡ Frequent thirst ¡ Mouth sores ¡ Burning, dry, and/or tingling sensation in the throat ¡ Red, raw, and/or dry tongue ¡ Bad breath ¡ Dry nasal passages ¡ Sore throat ¡ Problems speaking ¡ Difficulty tasting, chewing, and/or swallowing Suffering from a dry mouth is an annoying problem especially if the dry mouth is due to the side effects of a disease or medical treatments in which the dry mouth is incurable. If medications are causing a dry mouth, the dry mouth will normally subside once the medication is discontinued, but remember to consult a physician before discontinuing any use of a prescribed medication. In order to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with a dry mouth here are a few ideas that have proven beneficial in promoting the flow of saliva within the mouth: ¡ Chew sugar-free gum ¡ Suck on sugar free candy ¡ Drink a lot of water and stay away from the sugary drinks and colas ¡ Use a room vaporizer to add moisture to the room, especially the bedroom ¡ Breath through the nose

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