Dental Term

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a condition characterized by insufficient saliva production in the mouth. This can lead to discomfort, difficulty in speaking and swallowing, and an increased risk of oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. It can be caused by various factors, including medications, certain medical conditions, dehydration, and lifestyle choices. Managing dry mouth involves staying hydrated, using saliva substitutes, avoiding certain substances that can worsen symptoms (such as tobacco and alcohol), and practicing good oral hygiene.

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