Dry Mouth

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Xerostomia is a condition in which your mouth is unusually dry. Most often, it is the result of a decrease in saliva and its frequently a side effect of medication. Dr. Edward Hill discusses dry mouth in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is the feeling that there is not enough saliva in your mouth. Everyone has a dry mouth once in a whileif they are nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems.

Symptoms of dry mouth include

A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth

Trouble chewing, swallowing, tasting or speaking

A burning feeling in the mouth

A dry feeling in the throat

Cracked lips

A dry, rough tongue

Mouth sores, and

An infection in the mouth

Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging but it is a common problem. Causes include some medicines, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and nerve damage. Salivary gland diseases, Sjogrens syndrome and diabetes can also cause dry mouth.

Treatment depends on the cause. Things you can do include sipping water and avoiding tobacco, alcohol and drinks with caffeine.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.