Seniors are at a higher risk for dry mouth issues.
Dry mouth is caused by the reduced saliva flow. There are several causes of dry mouth which include:
* Medications side effects: Dry mouth is often a common side effect of many prescription and even nonprescription drugs.
* Diseases and Infections: Dry mouth can also be a side effect of certain disease and infections such as Sjögren’s syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, anemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and mumps.
* Medical Treatments: Dry mouth can be a side effect of certain medical treatments such as radiation to the head and neck and chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
* Lifestyle: Your lifestyle can cause dry mouth issues as well. Smoking or chewing tobacco can affet saliva production and aggravate dry mouth. As well as Continuously breathing with your mouth open can also contribute to dry mouth.