What causes Dry Mouth?
Directly, symptoms of Dry Mouth are linked to a reduction in saliva flow. But what makes this decrease happen? Causes of Dry Mouth vary among sufferers and can come from a range of medical and biological circumstances. Remember, Biotène products are meant to work gently and reduce irritation or to help ease the symptoms of Dry Mouth. These products do not treat, cure or mitigate the underlying cause. In the drop down menu below, click one of the causes of Dry Mouth for more detailed information.
When you look at what causes Dry Mouth, a strong correlation can be made connecting the causes to age-related circumstances. As people get older, they tend to take more medicines. Half of all Americans aged 60-plus take three or more prescription medicines on a regular basis, and that is one of the leading Dry Mouth causes. This is the primary reason why older people are more likely to suffer from chronic Dry Mouth. Likewise, older individuals are also more likely to suffer from cancer and Sjögren’s Syndrome, both of which are major causes of dry mouth.
The more medicines you take, the more likely you are to suffer from chronic Dry Mouth. One of the leading and unexpected Dry Mouth causes is everyday medicine, including over-the-counter cold remedies and antihistamines. Anti-depressants, some beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and diuretics can also be causes of Dry Mouth. For a list of conditions whose medications often lead to Dry Mouth (Xerostomia), click here.
Dry Mouth is one of the major symptoms of Sjögren’s Syndrome. This is a chronic condition, in which the body’s immune system malfunctions and attacks the body’s tear and salivary glands. Biotène products can provide additional moisture to those suffering from Sjögren’s and the related symptoms of Dry Mouth. To learn more about Sjögren’s Syndrome and Dry Mouth, click here.
All types of uncontrolled diabetes can cause increased urination or an underlying metabolic or hormonal problem, which can then lead to Dry Mouth. Dry Mouth diabetes is a fairly common symptom of the condition but using Biotène as your Dry Mouth relief can alleviate the extra discomfort that Dry Mouth causes.
Neck and head cancer patients who have been surveyed ranked Dry Mouth as one of their most distressing symptoms. This is because Chemotherapy is one of the direct causes of Dry Mouth as it affects the salivary glands and causes a near-total reduction in saliva flow. Many patients never fully regain their salivary flow. With Biotène’s oral rinse for Dry Mouth symptoms, patients with Xerostomia have an easy treatment for relieving these distressing Dry Mouth symptoms caused by cancer treatment.
Medications used to treat Parkinson’s disease are known for being common causes of Dry Mouth. The symptoms of Dry Mouth cause added and unnecessary discomfort to sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. Dry Mouth symptoms can easily be relieved by using Biotène as your Dry Mouth treatment of symptoms to help make Xerostomia less of a worry.