Does your mouth ever feel excessively dry? You may be suffering from Xerostomia, or “dry mouth”, which is caused by a lack of saliva production. Dry mouth can be an associated side effect of:
- Vitamin Deficiencies: Even if saliva production is normal, a vitamin deficiency can affect the lining of the mouth, causing a sense of dryness.
- Dehydration: If you are not drinking enough water throughout the day, or are exercising for a long time without properly hydrating your mouth can become very dry. If you drink a lot of coffee throughout the day, the diuretic effect of coffee can really dry out your mouth.
- Medical Issues: Diseases such as Leukemia, Diabetes, Sjogren’s Disease, Anemia, Hodgkin’s Disease and AIDS can cause a dry mouth. Those undergoing treatment for Cancer can also experience a dry mouth as a side effect. Certain medications can also cause your mouth to feel dry.
In the next post we’ll dig into some remedies to help you combat dry mouth. If you feel you may be suffering from Xerostomia you can call us at (647) 794-1108 to help.