What is dry mouth (Xerostomia)?

What is dry mouth (Xerostomia)?

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What is dry mouth? It’s a very common problem. And as we all get older, which
I am doing as I speak right now, we tend to produce
less and less saliva. In fact, from the age of 25 on,
it’s totally downhill as far as saliva production. So the lack of saliva
can be many factors. One is physical,
which is very rare. It could be a problem
with our salivary glands and the ducts which draw
saliva from those glands into our mouth. My little friend here
will sort of demonstrate. There are salivary glands
in the bottom of our mouths. There are also salivary glands
on the side of our mouth. And if you do have a
problem with the ducts and have a stone inside
those ducts– it’s called a syalolith–
don’t worry, it’s not on the final exam. You will have a
very large swelling as the saliva builds up. So that’s how you know if
there’s a physical problem. But there are also foods that
cause that problem, alcohol being the major one. Alcohol, chemically
speaking, is a drying agent. And after a six pack of beer,
your mouth will become dry. You may not realize it, but
your mouth will become dry. Smoking has the same effect. Smoking anything will
have the same effect. And there’s a condition
that is very common now, especially in Colorado and
the state of Washington, called cotton mouth. And that’s from
smoking marijuana. Again, smoke makes
your mouth dry. Now, the side effect
of medications is an increasing problem
because, as we get older, people are taking multiple
types of medications. 75% of prescription
medications have dry mouth as a side effect,
primarily anti-histamines, anti-depressants, high
blood pressure medication. In fact, we have lists and
lists of those medications in my book. It’s called The
Bad Breath Bible. And you can download a copy
for free at TheraBreath.com or at BadBreathBible.com. And you can read through
all those medications. It’s very informative,
and quite often, your physician or
your pharmacist does not have time
anymore to tell you about those medications. But we will do that for you. Now, one of the
other problems is many of the oral
products that are highly advertised on television
are making your mouth dry because they contain alcohol. In fact, the leading
mouthwash is 27% alcohol, more than an entire
six pack of beer. And trust me, the six pack
of beer tastes better. I’ve done my own research. And almost every
toothpaste on the market contains an ingredient
called sodium lauryl sulfate. That’s a fancy term for soap. They wouldn’t put soap
on the ingredient list, but they’ll put the fancy
chemical term sodium lauryl sulfate because it’s soap. It’s put in there
to make it foam up. Some marketing guy on Madison
Avenue had the great idea to make it foam up so that
you will think something is happening. It’s doing nothing except
making your mouth dry and actually causing
canker sores. So if you want to
make sure your mouth does not get dry, avoid
alcoholic mouthwash and avoid sodium lauryl
sulfate in toothpaste.

6 thoughts on “What is dry mouth (Xerostomia)?”

  1. HI my dear friends, brothers and sisters. I am dentist and just have started a blog in which i am writing concise answers. Please help me improve and go through my blog. Veiw, share, like, subscribe and comment. I ll definately reply to each and every query. Thank you so much already. I ll be very thankful. My blog is http://dentistwebblog.blogspot.de/2017/02/xerostomia-dry-mouth-loss-of-salivary.html

  2. I have stopped smoking cigarettes but I am still having the dry mouth, we'll isn't that dry, I can produce saliva, but I don't know why, I feel like a burnt mouth what is going on?

  3. I get dry mouth if I drink water. Every other type of drinkable liquid is fine and doesn't cause me any issues, just water. Even diluted fruit juice (which with own personal mix ratio is about 95% water) doesn't give me dry mouth. What gives?

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