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Dry mouth is often caused by a lack of saliva.  Saliva flow coats and moistens oral tissues.  It cleanses the mouth and helps digest foods as they are chewed.  But if there is not enough saliva, harmful germs can grow in the mouth.  

Dry mouth can make tasting, chewing, swallowing and speaking difficult.  It also may lead to severe problems such as burning feeling, cracked lips, tooth decay, bad breath and infections of the soft tissues of the mouth.  

What causes dry mouth:  

1.  Medicines:  more than 400 prescription and over-the-counter medicines can cause dry mouth and this is the most common cause.

2.  Radiation treatment for head and neck cancers.

3. Salivary gland disease (Sjogren syndrome)

4. Emotional stress

5. Chemotherapy

What to do to relieve dry mouth:

1, Drinking more fluids can ease dry mouth

2. Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free hard candy to increase saliva flow

3. Sipping water with meals to help you swallow dry food

4. Sucking on ice chips

5. Keeping the air moist with a humidifier

6. Using over-the-counter saliva tablets to increase saliva flow

7. Applying a lanolin-based ointment to dry lips

8. Using alcohol-free mouthwash

9. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and carbonated drinks

**Regular dental checkups are very important.  Tell your dentist about the medicines you are taking and other health details.  At El Portal Dental Group, we can help you with any dental needs.  If you are in need to a dentist, give us a call at 209-385-1479.