Know the medical reasons for dry mouth

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Dry moth (medical term, xerostomia) point to one thing: lack of saliva. We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths, digest food and help fight infection. Lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessive alcohol intake cause dry mouth. With age, too, the salivary glands produce less saliva, and that is the reason elderly often experience dry mouth. Symptoms are a dry feeling in the mouth and throat, hoarseness, frequent thirst and bad breath. Besides being responsible for these symptoms, dry mouth also increases our tendency to develop mouth sores gingivitis and tooth decay. Keeping the mouth moist is as much about keeping the mouth clean as anything else. Some people can avoid it by more frequent tooth-brushing.

To improve saliva flow:

# Suck on sugar-free candy or chew on dental gum,

# Drink plenty of water,

# Eat foods high in fibre,

# Use a moisturizing mouthwash or mouth gel.