Dry mouth is a dental condition when the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Because of this, the mouth can become dry and that is usually when a person experiences thirst. Also known as xerostomia, dry mouth is a common condition that can affect a large number of people. People who have a dry mouth often feel thirsty, can have dry, cracked lips, and also bad breath.
Like with many oral conditions, dry mouth can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Many of the factors that cause dry mouth also affect salivary production, which in turn results in dry mouth. Medications can be a cause of dry mouth, such as those used to treat anxiety, pain, and allergies. Diseases may also be a cause, such as diabetes, hypertension, and HIV/AIDS. Smoking may also be a cause of dry mouth.
Oral rinses have been shown to stimulate salivary production and can help to combat bad breath. If medication is needed, there are medications that are used to improve salivary production.
Simply drinking water can help to alleviate dry mouth. Since salivary production can be dependent on the amount of water consumed, by drinking more water, dry mouth can be addressed. Chewing on gum or candies can also help stimulate salivary production. By doing so dry mouth can be addressed. Lastly, oral rinses can also help to stimulate saliva production. They can also help combat bad breath, which is also shown to be a condition associated with dry mouth.