What’s dry mouth?
Dry mouth (whose fancy name is xerostomia) is a common but uncomfortable feeling when there’s not enough saliva in your mouth. It happens when saliva production is dramatically reduced, making it difficult to keep your mouth hydrated.1
What are the symptoms of dry mouth?
What causes dry mouth?
Dry mouth has a wide range of causes, from prescription medicines to lifestyle habits. Medication is the most common culprit — over 400 frequently prescribed drugs list dry mouth as a common side effect.1 It can also be caused by medical conditions like diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome, and other autoimmune diseases, as well as medical treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.2 And sometimes in life — whether it's triggered by stress or causes unknown — dry mouth just happens.
Can dry mouth affect your health?
Believe it or not, saliva is a powerful ally when it comes to fighting tooth decay.1 It’s your body’s own first line of defense, continuously bathing those pearly whites in calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. Without proper saliva production, you’re at higher risk of getting cavities and gingivitis (gum disease) — not to mention bad breath.1,4
So if you’re experiencing dry mouth symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist to determine the cause and a treatment plan.
Dry mouth dos and don'ts
How can ACT® help?
Now for the good news. At ACT®, we’ve created a suite of products to help manage dry mouth symptoms. Each one is like a thirst-quenching oasis in a dry-mouth desert.
ACT® Dry Mouth Mouthwash soothes dry mouth symptoms with seven hydrating moisturizers — all while freshening your breath with a pleasing mint flavor.
3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Dry Mouth Questions and Answers. nidcr.nih.gov