Its also Called xerostomia, dry mouth is characterized by a decrease in saliva. It’s a common effect of certain medications, health conditions and much more, and it can take a serious toll on your teeth.
Dry mouth can be caused by lifestyle choices, medical conditions and biological changes in the body. Here’s a quick list of some of the many factors that are associated with xerostomia:
- Dehydration. Not drinking enough water, not surprisingly, can leave your mouth dry.
- Sports and exercise. Intensive exercise, such as running, is notorious for drying out the mouth, since athletes inhale through the mouth
- Cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Whether you smoke tobacco or chew it, this addictive substance cuts down your salivary flow and destroys cavity-fighting antibodies.
- Alcohol. If you drink shots or gargle with an alcohol-based mouthwash, your oral tissues may be left dry and irritated.
- Illegal drugs. Heroin, cocaine and amphetamines (such as MDMA and ecstasy) can all leave the mouth dry and vulnerable to decay.
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