What is Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)?

What is Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)?

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Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don't produce enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. It generally occurs due to the side effect of certain medications or aging process or due to radiation therapies. Sometimes, dry mouth is caused by a medical condition of the salivary gland.

Dry Mouth Anxiety: Is There a Link Between Anxiety or Stress and Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)?

Dry Mouth Anxiety: Is There a Link Between Anxiety or Stress and Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)?

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Stress can make you feel very uncomfortable. Dry mouth is one of the ways you can feel discomfort due to anxiety or when you are going through an irritating time. Anxiety and dry mouth can both be harmful. You should contact your dentist if you suffer from them often.

What is Halitosis (Bad Breath)?

What is Halitosis (Bad Breath)?

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Dry mouth can cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to keep your mouth moist, neutralize the acids produced by plaque, and wash the dead cells away from your tongue, gums, and cheeks. If these bacteria are not removed due to insufficient saliva, these cells decompose and cause bad breath.

What are the Causes of Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

What are the Causes of Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

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Dry mouth is a common oral problem that can happen when your salivary glands in the mouth are unable produce enough saliva. There are various reasons for it. One of the reasons is dehydration. If you don’t take enough fluid in your body to produce the saliva you need, dehydration may cause dry mouth.