THE PERSISTENT FEELING
OF A DRY MOUTH
Many of us have experienced moments in our lives when our mouths have felt uncomfortably dry, like during a stressful situation. But if these moments become too frequent, you might have a dry mouth.
A dry mouth can affect your
With 86% of dry mouth sufferers noticing signs daily, a dry mouth can make routine aspects of life, like eating and speaking difficult. But even if you don’t experience these signs, it is important to tend to your dry mouth, as the dryness (lack of saliva) may lead to other oral health concerns, including:
- Bad breath
Saliva is important to your oral health
Typically, your mouth produces about 1 litre of saliva a day, which is enough to fill almost 3 soft drink cans. A dry mouth can occur when the salivary glands don't produce enough saliva. That can be a problem, because saliva has many important functions. It keeps your mouth moist and comfortable; helps you eat food; helps protect your teeth from decay; and helps prevent infections by controlling bacteria in the mouth. So when you don’t have enough saliva, your oral health environment could be impaired.
Could medications be
causing your dry mouth?
Many people assume a dry mouth is a result of getting older, but that’s not quite true. The primary cause is medication usage. Both over-the-counter and prescription medicines can cause a dry mouth. Plus, the more medicines you take, the greater your chances are of developing a dry mouth.
Biotène can help
moisturise oral tissue
Try using Biotène Moisturising Mouthwash to help clean, refresh and moisturise a dry mouth.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about how to moisturise your dry mouth signs with Biotène.