Xerostomia, or dry mouth, also dry mouth syndrome, is dryness in the mouth. It may be associated with a change in the composition of saliva, reduced salivary flow (also hyposalivation), or dehydration. Causes of hyposalivation include dental caries, oral candidiasis, damage to salivary glands, or certain other causes. Certan Drugs or medications may also cause dry mouth as a side effect.
Minor cases of dry mouth can be treated at home by hydration, re-balancing the minerals in the body, and avoiding acidic foods. More severe cases may need to be looked at by a doctor.
References[change | change source]
- Wijers OB, Levendag PC, Braaksma MM, Boonzaaijer M, Visch LL, Schmitz PI (2002), "Patients with head and neck cancer cured by radiation therapy: a survey of the dry mouth syndrome in long-term survivors", Head Neck, 24 (8): 737–747, doi:10.1002/hed.10129, PMID 12203798.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Newsom-Davis, J (February 2004). "Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome". Revue neurologique. 160 (2): 177–80. doi:10.1016/S0035-3787(04)70888-7. PMID 15034474.