Medications: the Number One Cause of Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, or Xerostomia, is a common condition most prevalent in women and the elderly, but anyone can suffer from it and its number one cause is the use of various medications, according to a report by The Gentle Dentist, a column from the office of Dr. Robert V. Antolak, DDS and found in The Oakland Press.

More than 500 medications can cause dry mouth, but most often those medications start with the “anti” which affect the salivary glands in the mouth, Dr. Antolak reports. They include antihistamines, antihypertensives, and antidepressants. Other causes of Xerostomia include Sjogren’s syndrome, chemotherapy and radiation treatments for head and neck cancer.

Dry Mouth from Medications

Basic lifestyle habits can also cause dry mouth, including alcohol use, smoking to excess and caffeine. The American Dental Association notes that the lack of saliva due to dry mouth can cause other effects, like mouth sores, bad breath, sore throat, a dry or burning feeling in the mouth, and peeling lips, as well as dental problems like cavities and gum disease.

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