What could be causing my dry mouth, and what can I do about it?

Signs of dry mouth include a sticky, dry or burning sensation in the mouth, chronic bad breath and an altered sense of taste. Dry mouth is particularly common in the elderly and the very young, but it can affect anyone at any given time.

Dry mouth is a known side effect of many medications, from prescriptions to antihistamines. Diabetes, cancer treatment (chemotherapy and radiation), hormone changes during pregnancy or menopause and high levels of stress can also cause dry mouth.

Not only is dry mouth one of the leading causes of chronic bad breath, but it also makes teeth more prone to decay and soft tissue more susceptible to infection. Because insufficient saliva endangers the health of your entire mouth, it’s important to ask our Schaumburg dentists about oral sprays, prescription drugs and simple lifestyle changes that can provide relief.