Guide on Xerostomia and its Causes

May 4, 2011 by: admin

Xerostomia is not a disease , most commonly it is known as dry mouth. It is nothing but symptoms of other diseases which causes saliva production to stop. The saliva helps you to taste and swallow food also it helps for fighting against the cavities by clearing the particles of food from the teeth. It neutralizes the acids in the mouth which is harmful for the tooth enamel.

Those person who have less saliva in their mouth , they may face risk of increased tooth decay. The xerostomia can be affect on the soft tissues which is present in the mouth and also affect on the your diet.

- The most common causes of xerostomia is medicines. Lots of drugs can causes dry mouth , which includes medicines for muscles spasms, depression, allergies and also pain relievers medicines.

- Many diseases which are associated with dry mouth such as anemia, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV infection, cystic fibrosis etc. In these disease, the antibiotics are affect on the tear and salivary gland.

- The surgical removal of the salivary gland also causes the xerostomia.

- The condition which leads to the loss of body fluides also causes the dry mouth such as vomiting, fever, loss of water from the skin after burning etc.

- It also causes due to radiation therapy which is used to treat cancers of the neck and head.


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