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What is dry mouth?
The importance of saliva
A normal, healthy mouth produces about 1.5 litres of saliva every day. Saliva is the clear, watery liquid made by several glands in your mouth.
Saliva is a very important part of a healthy mouth. Below is a list of some of the healthy benefits of saliva:
Saliva also helps prevents bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Did you know saliva was so important?
The first symptom of dry mouth is obvious – the inside of your mouth feels dry and uncomfortable. Other symptoms include:
There are many possible causes of dry mouth. Dry mouth most commonly occurs as a side effect of medications that decrease saliva production, for example
Other causes of dry mouth include:
Preventing dry mouth begins with knowing what’s causing the condition. It could be as simple as increasing your daily fluid intake if your problem is caused by lack of fluids.
You should talk to your doctor or the Pharmacist at Walmart to see if medications could be the source of your dry mouth. If so, stopping the medication or changing the dose could help. But you should never stop taking a medication or change its dose without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first. Stopping or changing a medication could have serious consequences.
There are other things you can do to help improve symptoms and avoid complications of dry mouth.
First, practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly.
You can also try the following tips for dealing with dry mouth
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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