Dry mouth is a complex condition. About 40% of the population self-reported and rest may experience dry mouth at some point in their lifetime.
What causes dry mouth? Well, predominantly the dry mouth affects something called a resting saliva rate. The most likely cause is medication use or polypharmacy. About 3-5% of the population experiencing dry mouth may be suffering from chronic diseases like autoimmune disorders such as Sjogren’s syndrome or mixed connective tissue disorders. Unlike affecting the resting salivary flow, salivary glands are at risk for damage.
Hence, an evaluation to check and understand your dry mouth is necessary. Further, dry mouth can cause rapid tooth decay and poor oral hygiene. Dry mouth can make you more prone to oral infections.
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