Dry mouth occurs when there is not enough saliva, or spit to keep your mouth moist and comfortable. Dry mouth is not a disease. It is a side effect of taking medications or can be a symptom of certain diseases or conditions.
Dry mouth is a common complaint amongst older adults but can occur at any age. It is not a normal sign of aging.
The most common cause of dry mouth is prescribed and over-the counter medications, such as:
|Anticonvulsants||Appetite suppressants||Muscle relaxants|
|Antihistamines||Barbiturates||Opioid (narcotic) analgesics|
Saliva helps to protect teeth by neutralizing the acid caused by plaque that leads to tooth decay. In addition, decreased saliva leads to: