The Top 5 Causes of Dry Mouth

The Top 5 Causes of Dry Mouth
  • Oct 24, 2017

There are several reasons why the salivary glands might not work and why some people might get dry mouth.


Here are the top 5:

1. Medication side effects – More than 400 medicines, including medicines for high blood pressure and depression, can cause dry mouth.

2. Disease – Some diseases, including Sjögren's syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes, can cause dry mouth.

3. Radiation therapy – The salivary glands can be damaged if exposed to radiation during cancer treatment.

4. Chemotherapy – A side effect of cancer drugs is that saliva can become thicker, causing the mouth to feel dry. 

5. Nerve damage – Head or neck injury can damage the nerves that tell the salivary glands to produce saliva.

Now that you know the causes, you might be wondering what can be done. Ask your dentist about NeutraSal, a prescription rinse that replaces and mimics natural saliva. Learn more about it at  

Source: Information and image from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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