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A feeling of oral dryness, Commonly known as dry mouth, Xerostomia is a symptom that leads to a lack of saliva. Individuals with a dry mouth do not have enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. It is often associated with hypo-function of the salivary gland and the treatment of this problem always depends on the cause.

The prevalence of xerostomia among the population ranges from 5.5% to 46%. Chronic xerostomia remains a significant burden for many individuals and in particular, may affect speech, swallowing, chewing, denture-wearing, and general well-being.

Fast facts on Xerostomia
  • It is more prevalent in the aging population
  • It is commonly a side effect of medications
  • Symptoms include cracked lips, sticky saliva, and bad breath
  • Individuals with dry mouth should avoid spicy food and sugary drinks
Affected age group
Age%
0-202.36
21-4410.56
45-6432.95
65 & older54.13

 

Symptoms of Xerostomia
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry feeling in the throat
  • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • Frequent thirsts sores in the mouth
  • Sores & split skin at the corners of the mouth
Worse effects
  • Cavity
  • Dry eyes
  • Oral cancer
  • Sjogren’s disease
Diet tips for Xerostomia
  • Increase fluid or water intake
  • Use fluoride containing products daily
  • Drink ¼ cup of Aloe Vera juice daily to cure dry mouth

To seek guidance on how to treat the disease through natural remedies, consult Dietitian Shreya on 730-730-3835 or leave your message at ask@dietitianshreya.com

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