What causes Dry Mouth?
Reduced Saliva Flow, which can lead to Dry Mouth and throat, may have one or more underlying causes:
The more medicines you take, the more likely you are to suffer from chronic Dry Mouth. Many everyday medicines cause Dry Mouth, including over-the-counter cold remedies and antihistamines. Anti-depressants, some beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and diuretics can also cause or contribute to Dry Mouth. For a list of conditions whose medications often lead to Dry Mouth, click here.
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. This is the primary reason why older people are more likely to suffer from chronic Dry Mouth. Older people are also more likely to suffer from cancer and Sjögren's Syndrome.
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. 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 result in Dry Mouth. Bioténe products can help people with diabetes relieve Dry Mouth.
Cancer and Its Treatment
Neck and head cancer patients who have been surveyed ranked Dry Mouth as one of their most distressing symptoms. Biotène oral rinses can help relieve Dry Mouth symptoms caused by cancer treatment. Chemotherapy affects the salivary glands and causes a near-total reduction in saliva flow. Many never regain their full flow.
Medications used to treat Parkinson's disease can often cause Dry Mouth. Using biotène for Parkinson's disease can help relieve Dry Mouth symptoms.
Remember, biotène ® products help with the symptoms of dry mouth. These products do not treat, cure or mitigate the underlying causes themselves.