May 08, 2014

Medications and Dry Mouth

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition of reduced or no saliva in your mouth.  Because saliva enhances your ability to taste, aids in digestion and makes it easier to swallow, it affects your enjoyment of food.  In addition, saliva washes away food particles from tooth surfaces and limits the bacterial growth that can cause decay.  Hundreds of medications, including some over the counter drugs, produce dry mouth as a side effect.  They include those used to treat depression, anxiety, and antihistamines.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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