Oral dryness involves a lack of salivary flow in the mouth. Objective oral dryness is when clinical evidence of dryness can be found. Subjective oral dryness is the sensation of oral dryness without any evidence of decreased salivary flow.
Saliva prevents dental decay, improves taste buds, and makes chewing and swallowing easier. Reduced saliva and dry mouth can range from being a mild inconvenience to having a significant influence on your overall health, the health of your teeth and gums, and appetite.
Symptoms of dry mouth include:
Oral dryness occurs when the salivary glands in the mouth do not produce enough saliva to keep the mouth moist. The glands may not function properly as a result of:
The source of the problem determines the treatment for dry mouth. Dry mouth treatment focuses on:
Make an appointment with a doctor if you’ve experienced persistent dry mouth.
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