Many of you might suffer from the dry mouth with severe tongue inflammation; if you are, then this article is for you.

Xerostomia as the other term of dry mouth, only happens when our body doesn’t produce enough saliva to sustain the balance of the dryness and wetness of the mouth, and xerostomia is not counted as a disease, it can only be a manifestation that something is wrong in your body. The slight discomfort might be the central dilemma of a person that suffers from xerostomia, that can solely irritate the mouth and can negatively affect ones’ oral health.

A single occurrence of dry mouth will put someone at a much higher risk of having tooth decay, and soft tissue infection than someone with an adequate amount of saliva. This is very common to an older person who takes medication daily, as the primary effects of the drug will include dry mouth as the first thing to be mentioned. This one has a positive impact on a person’s oral health, the main reason why the dentist should always be knowledgeable of all the medications of his patients. While having dry mouth or xerostomia includes the symptoms of difficulty of eating dry food, difficulty of swallowing and speaking, dry nasal passages constant sore throat, halitosis, chapped or inflamed lips, cracking of the oral mucosa, inflammation or ulcers of the tongue, problems wearing removable dentures, always feeling thirsty especially at night, and sticky feeling in the mouth. This has more than 400 medications are known to cause dry mouth this includes antihistamines, antipsychotics, antidepressants, Parkinson’s disease medication, Alzheimer’s disease medication, inhalers, Diabetic medication, Seizure medication, muscle relaxants, Anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal medication, narcotic pain medication, and anti-suppressants. Xerostomia or the drying of the mouth is a common complaint found often among older adults, that roughly affects 20 percent of the elderly. Nevertheless, xerostomia does not appear to be related to age itself as much as the potential for the elderly to be taking medications that cause xerostomia as a side effect.

Dry mouth can be a bothersome problem. And the total benefits of using a medicine outweigh the risk of quite a discomfort of dry mouth, so this suggests drinking plenty of water and even chewing sugarless gum that contains xylitol. This will lessen or at least relieve the symptoms of xerostomia.

If you ever experienced this problem, you can visit Dr. Nathan Memmott, DDS.