It has been established that issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression while seemingly unrelated can harm your dental health.
Written By Mandy Bular / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
The medical term for dry mouth is the Greek word Xerostomia, which is quite a mouthful itself. Xerostomia can be caused by dental disease, bacteria, and/or hygiene, along with any number of medical conditions and medical therapies. Painkillers, diuretics, you name it - the fact is that the drugs we take for everything from depression or diarrhea can cause dry mouth as an annoying side effect.
A very common issue associated with age, medication and hydration is dry mouth. It can be hard to combat depending on the severity and the factors that contribute to it. For some, taking a sip of water can cure their dry mouth, for others, the reason for their mouth dryness comes from deeper issues.
What causes dry mouth? Dry mouth or xerostomia is due to salivary gland shutdown, decreasing the amount of saliva flow inside of your mouth. It can be due to uncontrolled or underlying health conditions, but may also be associated with common everyday prescription medications, nutritional practices and the oral hygiene products that you use. Dry mouth can also appear suddenly, such as with anxiety or nervousness.