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Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia (ZEER-oh-STOH-mee-ah), is the condition of not having enough saliva, or spit, to keep the mouth wet.

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Dry Mouth

  1. 1. Dry Mouth or Xerostomia For more details visit http://www.smilecareworld.com
  2. 2. Dry Mouth or Xerostomia <ul><li>Dry mouth, also called xerostomia (ZEER-oh-STOH-mee-ah), is the condition of not having enough saliva, or spit, to keep the mouth wet. </li></ul><ul><li>Dry mouth can happen to anyone occasionally—for example, when nervous or stressed. </li></ul><ul><li>When dry mouth persists, it can make chewing, eating, swallowing and even talking difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>Dry mouth also increases the risk for tooth decay because saliva helps keep harmful germs that cause cavities and other oral infections in check. </li></ul>For more details visit http:// www.smilecareworld.com
  3. 3. Causes of Dry Mouth <ul><li>Iatrogenic </li></ul><ul><li>1. Drugs </li></ul><ul><li>2. Irradiation </li></ul><ul><li>Graft versus host disease </li></ul><ul><li>Disease </li></ul><ul><li>1. Dehydration </li></ul><ul><li>2. Psychogenic </li></ul><ul><li>3. Salivary gland diseases </li></ul><ul><li>4. Sjogrens syndrome </li></ul>For more details visit http:// www.smilecareworld.com
  4. 4. Points for patients : Managing Dry Mouth • Drink enough water, and sip on water and other non sugary fluids throughout the day. • Replace missing saliva with salivary substitute’s eg artificial saliva, Alcohol- free mouth rinses or moisturizing gels. Proven effective product is GC Dry Mouth Gel. • Stimulate drugs with sugar free chewing gums or sugar free sweets. • Always take water or non alcoholic drinks with meals and avoid dry or hard crunchy food and sticky food. • Moisten food with gravies, sauces, yoghurt. Pineapple has an enzyme that helps clean the mouth. • Avoid anything that may worsen dryness such as drugs, alcohol, smoking, caffeine • Keep mouth clean using a fluoride tooth paste and by flossing • Avoid hot dry environments- if possible consider a humidifier for the bedroom For more details visit http:// www.smilecareworld.com
  5. 5. About Smile Care Author Name : Dr. Dimple Bharadwaj Smile Care® has spearheaded the cause of modern dentistry in India through its multitude of activities in the field of dentistry. Smile Care® is involved in Clinical Services, Continuing Education, Clinical Research, Public Awareness and Scientific Publication in the field of dentistry and offers the synergistic benefit of these activities to all its clients. For more details visit http:// www.smilecareworld.com
  6. 6. Contact Details Smile Care Clinic Bandra, Vashi, Nashik, Kolhapur Email: [email_address] Tel: 91 -22-26400188 / 83 Fax 91-22-26416342 For more details visit http:// www.smilecareworld.com
  7. 7. For more details visit http:// www.smilecareworld.com
  8. 8. Issued in Public Interest by For more details visit http://www.smilecareworld.com http://www.smilecareindia.com

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