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What Is Dry Mouth?

What Is Dry Mouth?

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Advisory by Yip Suting, Guardian Pharmacist

Friendly Farmacist Friday: Dry mouth may lead to cavities and gum diseases! Read our quick guide below to learn how to keep it under control.

What is it?
Dry mouth is a condition that results from a decreased production of saliva. It is sometimes accompanied by dry, cracked lips and even bad breath.

What causes it?
Old age and smoking are the more common causes of dry mouth. However, certain medications, diseases, and even chemotherapy can lead to it as well.

How can it be treated?
Keep your mouth moist and practice good oral hygiene to minimise the condition’s severity.

Follow some of these steps to keep dry mouth at bay:

  • Drink water frequently
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Suck on sugar-free candy or dental gums
  • Use toothpastes and gargles that are gentler on the mouth
  • Use oral gel moisturizers
  • Brush your teeth twice daily
  • Regularly visit the dentist

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