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Patient Education Resource
WHAT IS DRY MOUTH?
Your downtown Chicago dentist, Mohit Joshi, DDS
Saliva is one of your body’s natural defenses against plaque because it acts as a natural rinse for your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria and other harmful materials. Dry mouth (also called Xerostomia) is a fairly common condition that is caused by diminished saliva production. People with medical conditions, such as an eating disorder or diabetes, are often plagued by dry mouth. Eating foods such as garlic, tobacco use, and some kinds of medications, including treatments, including chemotherapy can diminish your body’s production of saliva, leading to dry mouth. Other causes are related to aging (including rheumatoid arthritis), and compromised immune systems.
One of the less alarming results of dry mouth include halitosis, but it can lead to more serious problems, including burning tongue syndrome, a painful condition caused by lack of moisture on the tongue.
If dry mouth isn’t readily apparent, you may experience other conditions that dry mouth can cause, including an overly-sensitive tongue, chronic thirst or even difficulty in speaking. Consult with Dr. Joshi if you believe you are suffering from dry mouth.