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Why does my mouth feel dry?


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There are many possible reasons why your mouth may feel dry. Some common causes of dry mouth include:

  1. Medications: Many medications, including some antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and allergy medications, can cause dry mouth as a side effect.

  2. Dehydration: Not drinking enough fluids can cause your mouth to feel dry.

  3. Smoking or tobacco use: Smoking and tobacco use can cause your mouth to feel dry and can also increase your risk of gum disease and oral cancer.

  4. Salivary gland problems: Issues with the salivary glands, such as inflammation or blockages, can cause dry mouth.

  5. Aging: As we age, the production of saliva naturally decreases, which can lead to dry mouth.

  6. Stress or anxiety: Stress and anxiety can cause your mouth to feel dry.

If you are experiencing dry mouth and it is causing discomfort or affecting your oral hygiene, it is a good idea to consult with your dentist. They can help determine the cause of your dry mouth and recommend treatment options.

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