Your personal habits may determine your risk of dry mouth. Most important amongst them include alcohol, tobacco and caffeine consumption. Other signs include difficulty swallowing food, and recent changes in oral health such as bad breath, burning sensation or soreness in mouth.
Have you used alcohol or tobacco on a daily basis for the last one month or longer?
Does your mouth feel thirsty or dry?
Does you have difficulty swallowing or chewing food?
Do you suffer from bad breath, burning sensation or soreness in mouth, loss of taste or tooth sensitivity, or sticky tongue?
Dry mouth is closely linked to the consumption of certain prescription medications. Certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, and diet disorders amongst others, also increase your risk of dry mouth.
Have you used any painkillers, NSAIDs, anti-inflammatory medicines, sedatives, antidepressants, antihistamines, antidiarrheal medicines, bronchodilators, antihypertensive medicines, diuretics, or antipsychotic drugs on a daily basis for the last one month or longer?
Do you have or have had a thyroid disorder (such as, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism) or diabetes?
Do you have or have had a diet disorder (such as, bulimia or anorexia) or an automimmune disorder (such as, sjögren's syndrome)?
Do you have or have had an infectious disease (such as, tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV) or mental health disorders (such as, dementia)?
Are you currently undergoing or have in the recent past undergone chemotherapy, radiation therapy or dialysis?
An estimated 20% of all people may be suffering from dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth can significantly impact your oral health as a lack of saliva may increase the amount of acid in your mouth. This may cause cavities, gingivitis and mouth infections. Your dentist can help diagnose and treat dry mouth.
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