Causes of Dry Mouth:
If you lose a tooth, we recommend replacing it as soon as possible. The longer you go without replacing the tooth, the more serious the side effects get. We offer various tooth replacement options at our Greer, SC, dentist office.
Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause dry mouth as a side effect. Some examples include antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, and pain relievers.
Radiation therapy to the head and neck can damage the salivary glands, leading to a decrease in saliva production and dry mouth.
Certain medical conditions, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and Parkinson’s disease, can cause dry mouth.
Damage to the nerves that control salivary glands can lead to dry mouth.
Not drinking enough fluids or sweating excessively can lead to dehydration, which can cause dry mouth.
Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can cause dry mouth, especially during sleep.
Tabacco & Alchohol Use:
Both tobacco and alcohol can contribute to dry mouth.
It is important to speak with a healthcare professional if you are experiencing persistent dry mouth to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.