Dry mouth may present as mucous surface discomfort in the mouth , burning sensation or pain on the lips or mouth, “ bad “ taste , halitosis, denture discomfort and eating discomfort.
Sufferers may have a higher risk of dental caries , dental erosion oral infection and loss of teeth. Causes can be medication side effects form including some prescription medications, anti- cholinergics , antihistamines and sedatives . Age , diabetes and underlying auto immune diseases may also be a cause of dry mouth.
Treatment is to review for underlying dental disease , illness and medication side effects. Adequate hydration.. Regular and frequent oral hygiene including brushing /flossing / interdental brushing.
Encourage sugar free chewing (eg chewing gum) between meals , artificial saliva lubricants.