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Dry Mouth is more than just uncomfortable

Waking up thirsty in the middle of the night. Difficulty eating. Trouble speaking or swallowing. These are all common side effects of dry mouth that can interrupt everyday life. Living with dry mouth is not just uncomfortable, it can also be painful.

Xerostomia (zeer-oh-stomia), or dry mouth, occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth wet and moisturized. Saliva is an essential fluid that contributes to the protection and preservation of the mouth and plays a major role in maintaining mouth wellness and comfort. Its purpose is to1:

  • Moisten the mouth
  • Lubricate food for easier swallowing
  • Protect oral hard and soft tissues
  • Balance oral bacteria
  • Provide digestive proteins
  • Promote soft tissue and oral cleansing

SJÖGREN'S SYNDROME

MEDICATION USE

OLDER ADULTS

CANCER PATIENTS

COMMON CAUSES

Dry mouth can be brought on by a variety of conditions including autoimmune diseases and aging. Thousands of prescription and non-prescription medications including drugs for treating anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, allergies, and cancer are known to affect the production of saliva.

Common problems stemming from dry mouth include tooth decay, disturbed sleep, dry throat, burning sensation in the throat, gum disease, oral infections, change in taste, and difficulty eating. Other symptoms of dry mouth may include:

 

  • Viscous (thick) saliva
  • Chapped, cracked lips
  • Mouth sores
  • Ongoing thirst and frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Bad breath

impact on mouth wellness

Dry mouth can also take a serious toll on overall mouth wellness. When an insufficient amount of saliva is produced and dry mouth occurs regularly, it can cause serious oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, plaque, and acid buildup.  Contact your doctor if you think you might have dry mouth.

SJÖGREN’S SYNDROME

If you’re one of the nearly four million Americans living with Sjögren’s syndrome, you know first-hand how this disease can severely impact your life.

Sjögren’s (show-grins) syndrome is an autoimmune disease most commonly found in women, age 40 or older, and people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Experts say it’s one of the three most common autoimmune disorders, yet few people know of it, and doctors rarely think of it when patients describe its various symptoms since they vary drastically from person to person and can mimic symptoms of other conditions.2

The most common symptoms associated with Sjögren’s syndrome are dry mouth and dry eyes. Other symptoms include:

  • Dry throat and lips
  • Hoarseness of the voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling of salivary glands in face and neck
  • Heartburn
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry nose, nosebleeds, sinus infections
  • Dry skin
  • Joint muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue

Without an adequate amount of saliva to lubricate your mouth and keep your teeth clean, your mouth can become a breeding ground for bacteria, putting you at risk for infections from yeast and fungus to cavities and gum disease. Contact your doctor if you think you might have Sjögren’s syndrome. Prisyna is a proud sponsor of the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation.

SOOTHE THE SYMPTOMS OF DRY MOUTH

Everyone’s mouth feels dry from time to time, but if that feeling doesn’t go away, you may have a problem producing saliva. MOISYN is clinically proven to restore mouth function by replacing and maintaining moisture needed to eat, swallow, talk, and smile. It also helps remove impurities without harming or stinging your mouth.

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MEDICATION USE

Did you know dry mouth is a side effect of hundreds of medications? Most of these medicines have an anti-adrenergic or anti-cholinergic effect, meaning they block specific bodily functions that promote secretion from the glands, like saliva.3 Some of the most common types of medications that cause dry mouth are:

  • Alzheimer’s disease medications
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihypertensive (high blood pressure) medication
  • Anti-nausea, anti-diarrheal, and gastric medications
  • Antipsychotics
  • Bronchodilators
  • Isotretinoin (used to treat acne)
  • Lung inhalers
  • Narcotic pain medications
  • Overactive bladder medications
  • Parkinson’s disease medications
  • Seizure medications

SAFE AND NATURAL DRY MOUTH RELIEF

You likely can’t stop taking the medications that might be causing your dry mouth, but you can get relief with MOISYN. It’s clinically proven to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with dry mouth. MOISYN helps replace and maintain moisture. It’s even been proven to reduce mouth pain that affects sleep.

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OLDER ADULTS

Dry mouth (xerostomia) is not a natural part of aging. Studies show the output from major salivary glands does not undergo significant differences in healthy older people.4 Other than a slight decrease of secretion from the seromucous glands, dry mouth is not part of the aging process itself.5

But older adults tend to take more medications that can bring on dry mouth as a side effect. Also, diseases developed later in life (and their resultant treatments) can cause dry mouth: examples include Sjögren’s syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Other contributing factors are changes in the body’s ability to process medication, inadequate nutrition, and having long-term health problems.6 This means older adults are likely dealing with the uncomfortable symptoms of dry mouth.

Since saliva helps control bacteria, dry mouth can increase the risk of developing tooth decay or fungal infections in the mouth. Dentures can become uncomfortable and may not fit as well if the mouth is dry. And without enough saliva, dentures can rub against the gums or roof of the mouth and cause sore spots.

IMMERSE YOUR DRY MOUTH IN RELIEF

Aging is inevitable, but dry mouth discomfort doesn’t have to be thanks to MOISYN. In a clinical study, MOISYN improved common dry mouth symptoms including difficulty swallowing and chewing, food getting stuck in the throat, and difficulty swallowing medications. Its advanced formula alleviates the symptoms of dry mouth without the use of harsh chemicals.

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CANCER PATIENTS

If you’re taking certain prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, you may be suffering from dry mouth.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a common side effect of cancer treatment. It’s a condition that can last for several months or may become permanent if the saliva glands are damaged during treatment. It’s also common among patients taking certain chemotherapy drugs that cause the saliva to thicken. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can especially affect the fast-growing cells of the lips and the lining of the mouth. This can lead to tender gums and little cuts or ulcers in the mouth.7

Because saliva serves so many important functions, dry mouth can also affect your overall mouth wellness. Without enough saliva, bacteria and other germs can spread in the mouth very quickly. Complications include an increased risk of oral infection, tooth decay, and mouth sores. Other symptoms include:

  • Sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • Thick saliva
  • Pain or a burning sensation in the mouth and tongue
  • Cracks in the lips or at the corners of the mouth
  • Difficulty talking
  • Changes to taste or smell
  • Trouble eating and swallowing

REFRESH AND SOOTHE YOUR DRY MOUTH

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References:
1. The American Academy of Oral Medicine. Xerostomia. http://www.aaom.com/index.php%3Foption=com_content&view=article&id=107:xerostomia&catid=22:patient-condition-information&Itemid=120
2. The New York Times (Oct 6, 2008). An Autoimmune Disorder, in Camouflage. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/health/07brod.html.
3. Healthgrades (Feb 23, 2017). 10 Medications That Cause Dry Mouth. https://healthguides.healthgrades.com/understanding-oral-health-care/10-medications-that-cause-dry-mouth.
4. Ghezzi EM, Wagner-Lange LA, Schork MA, et al. Longitudinal influence of age, menopause, hormone replacement therapy, and other medications on parotid flow rates in healthy women. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2000;55(1):M34-M42.
5. Vissink A, Spijkervert FK, Van Nieuw Amerongen V. Aging and saliva: a review of the literature. Spec Care Dentist. 1996 May-Jun;16(3):95-103.
6. Mayo Clinic (Feb 1, 2018). Dry mouth – Symptoms and causes. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/symptoms-causes/syc-20356048.
7. City of Hope (Sept 8, 2014). Diet During Cancer Treatment: Tips to Ease Dry Mouth. https://www.cityofhope.org/blog/cancer-treatment-dry-mouth-tips