Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Dry mouth is a condition where our mouths produces less saliva than normal. It is very common in seniors and it affects approximately 1 in 5 Canadians. When we have low salivary flow, it can increase our chances of cavities and gum disease.

Patients suffer from dry mouth for a number of reasons. These include: medications, radiation, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, ages. Menopause, anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation and high blood pressure.

Some ways to relieve dry mouth are: chewing sugar free gum, limit your caffeine intake, alcohol-free mouthwashes, stop smoking, drink water regularly, products designed for dry mouth, room humidifiers, try breathing through nose.

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