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When you don’t have enough spit to keep your mouth moist, you may have a condition referred to as dry mouth. If you don’t have the right amount of saliva, fundamental things like chewing, swallowing and talking can become hard. But what’s more, having a dehydrated mouth can increase your risk for cavities and tooth decay; once spit – which rinses away dangerous acids and contains protective chemicals – is absent, your mouth becomes a den of decay!

Though many older people suffer from it, dry mouth is not necessarily part of getting old. (Medications commonly used in old age are, however, more likely to lead to effects of dry mouth.) Below are some real reasons for dry mouth:

-Chemo. Both the medications used alongside chemotherapy and the radiation treatment itself may lead to difficulties impacting dry mouth.

-Damaged nerves. If the salivary gland nerves are injured by accidents involving the neck and/or head, the salivary glands may not produce the same levels of saliva as they did prior to the incidents.

-Diseases. Multiple diseases and disorders that affect the salivary glands, which produces saliva. HIV, AIDS and Sjogren’s Syndrome are all diseases that cause dry mouth.

-Medicinal side effects. Multiple medicines, such as high-blood-pressure medications, have side effects that cause dry mouth.

When you come to Cory Williams, DDS, you can be sure that we’ll check you for dry mouth. If you think you may suffer from dry mouth, don’t hesitate to call us at 910-763-1072 so we can pencil in your next appointment with Dr. Cory Williams in our Wilmington, North Carolina, office. The whole team at Cory Williams, DDS is ready to help you get your dry mouth under control.