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Top 7 Causes of Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

The things we should avoid doing as humans are jumping to conclusions or being quick to judge. You sit beside a person, or you try to have chitchat, and from the moment this person opens his or her mouth to speak, you regret ever starting a conversation and try as much as possible to quickly bring the discussion to an end due to the bad breath oozing out from this individual. If I will tell you, not everyone is unhygienic! So, don’t be quick to judge. Some people are really short of saliva which is an essential fluid in the body. Saliva helps in chewing, tasting, swallowing, keeping the mouth moist, fighting germs in the mouth, preventing tooth decay and gum diseases. A decreased secretion of saliva causes dry mouth also known as xerostomia. [1]


When you ask smokers, they tell you they enjoy the luxury of having to take in smoke and puff it out; it calms and makes them feel good, so they say. But most of them are not fully aware of the dangers of smoking. There are so many side effects of smoking; the dry mouth is also known as xerostomia is one of them. Smoking, especially smoking tobacco can lead to an even aggravate dry mouth. Tobacco contains nicotine which reduces saliva flow. Saliva is the first biological fluid that gets exposed to cigarette smoke while smoking. Although at first, it might seem that smoking is increasing the activity of salivary glands, a long-term act reduces the secretion of saliva. Not only when you smoke are you prone to dry mouth, but also chewing tobacco can also lead to xerostomia. [2]