Dry Mouth is a very common condition that is caused by a decrease in the quantity of saliva flow in a person’s mouth. It affects 20%-25% of the adults. Further as a person ages the saliva flow decreases. It has been found that 20% of the youngsters of age 20 are affected by dry mouth whereas 30%-40% of the adults in the age group 60-80 complain of dry mouth.
Dry Mouth is a very common condition caused by a decrease in the quantity of saliva in a person’s mouth; this condition is medically known as Xerostomia. The term Xerostomia is the combination of two Greek words “xero” meaning dry and “stoma” meaning mouth. This is also called as sometimes cottonmouth, dough mouth or pasties colloquially.
The saliva is an important secretion that not only moistens your mouth but also plays an important part in various body functions like buffering, chewing, clotting, digestion, mastication, mineralization, singing, speech, swallowing and taste; it also helps protect your teeth, lips, mouth and esophagus. Reduction in the flow of saliva could have serious consequences.
The symptoms and signs of Dry Mouth as related to the oral function/ site are:
The following information is used by the doctor for finding the causes of dry mouth.
The following treatment options are available for curing dry mouth.