Are you someone who experiences dry mouth more often than you wish? Dry mouth is usually an annoyance that many people wish would go away! When you experience dry mouth, you’ll feel that it’s hard to swallow and that your mouth feels sticky or pasty. If this is something that you’re all too familiar with, you could be suffering from a common dental condition that our family dentistry office in Woburn can help you with.
Generally, chronic dry mouth can lead to being diagnosed with xerostomia. Xerostomia is just a fancy term to describe dry mouth. And if you’re someone who has xerostomia, you’re probably all too familiar with the sticky, pasty and hard to swallow symptoms. But do you know what generally causes xerostomia, or dry mouth?
Xerostomia can be caused by…
- Medications that are used to treat depression, high blood pressure and Parkinson’s disease. If you’re experience severe dry mouth and you’re taking medications that treat these diseases, over-the-counter medications can be prescribed to help eliminate dry mouth.
- Medical procedures and treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and bone marrow transplants.
- Health conditions and diseases, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, nerve damage, dehydration, Sjögren’s Syndrome and thyroid disease.
Do you suffer from dry mouth but the cause of yours isn’t listed? Stay tuned for our next blog where we’ll be sharing more causes of xerostomia.