Why do I have dry mouth?

People ask all the time, why do I have dry mouth? Dry mouth is a serious problem due to the lack of saliva in the mouth which naturally washes away bacteria. If that bacteria continues to sit on the teeth it will increase your chances of decay.

There are a few contributing factors of dry mouth such as:

  • Medication
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Medical Tx- chemo/radiation
  • Removal of salivary glands
  • Smoking

So, what can you do about it?

Here are a few helpful hints from the Mayo Clinic.

The best way to treat dry mouth — known medically as xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh) — depends on what’s causing it. You can do some things to relieve dry mouth temporarily. But for the best long-term dry mouth remedy, you need to address its cause.

Read the full article at the Mayo Clinic’s website.