Reduction of saliva flow resulting in a dry mouth is a common problem, especially among older adults. However, individuals of all ages experience the symptoms of dry mouth at one time or another. These symptoms include a dry, red tongue, difficulty swallowing, and persistent sore throat.
Sometimes dry mouth is caused by a disease or infection, but a more frequent cause of dry mouth is prescription medications.
Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers (all used extensively in Tampa) are just some of the drugs that list ‘dry mouth’ as a common side effect.
It is common for allergy-prone Kernagis Dental Excellence dental patients to complain of dry mouth when they start taking antihistamines during the hay fever season.
Aside from being an uncomfortable nuisance, untreated dry mouth can cause tooth damage. Adequate saliva is necessary to keep the mouth lubricated, wash the food from teeth, and neutralize the acidic environment caused by plaque. Extensive decay can arise in the absence of saliva for dental patients with chronic dry mouth.
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