How Does Dry Mouth Affect You?

How Does Dry Mouth Affect You?

From time to time, people may experience dry . The medical term for dry mouth is Xerostomia, and while an occasional bout of dry mouth isn’t something to get worried about, you’d be surprised at how much of an effect this seemingly incidental condition can have when it persists long enough.

Xerostomia is a condition in which, for whatever reason, your mouth stops producing saliva. Contrary to what you might think saliva isn’t just good for keeping your mouth moist, or providing humans with the ability to spit. It also acts as an essential “shield” against bacteria, aids in the early stages of the digestive process, and actually helps our tongues to taste more of the food we eat.

So when we experience Xerostomia over a sustained period of time, a lot of things can happen to us.

Tongue Trouble

Not being coated with saliva can leave your tongue feeling rough and dry. This can affect a lot of things including your ability to taste and sometimes even your ability to speak, depending on how serious it is.

Lip & Gum Sores

As the skin in your mouth and on your lips dries out, this can lead to cracking on the lips, and even ulcers, sores, and other painful infections forming around and—even in—the mouth. Depending on where these sores occur, even just opening the mouth can become a very painful experience, so speaking and even eating can become difficult.

Unsightly Teeth

Saliva acts as a “cleaning agent” in your mouth, helping to move away or dissolve foreign matter. If it’s not present then you may find that food remains on your teeth after you’ve eaten, and for people that wear make-up like lipstick, that lipstick can even stain the teeth and stay there until you either you notice it, or someone points it out.

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