What kind of people get dry mouth? Well, just about any kind of person can have dry mouth, either as a short term inconvenience or a long term problem.
People who Take Medication
There are more than 400 types of medications on the market today that are known to have dry mouth as a possible side effect. Those medications are also some of the most widely used medications on the market, including some painkillers, heart medications–including ones for high blood pressure, asthma medications, muscle relaxants, allergy medications, and antidepressants.
Since the medications that cause dry mouth are often essential to the continued well being of the patient, it’s likely that the people taking the medication will need continue to do so, despite the risks of dry mouth. Gums, rinses, and mouth sprays can treat the dry mouth without needing to stop life saving medications.
People with Certain Autoimmune Disorders
In an autoimmune disorder, the body mistakes part of itself for an invader, like a virus or bacteria, and attacks itself. Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks the tear glands, which make tears, and the salivary glands, which make saliva. This can lead to dry mouth. Gums and mouth sprays, like CariFree’s products, can provide considerable relief to patients, who will need regular dental monitoring to keep in good oral health.
People with Diabetes
High blood sugar can, paradoxically, cause low saliva. Diabetes also can cause poor wound healing, so it is particularly important not to let dry mouth cause sores in the mouth. Over the counter products, like CariFree, can help prevent complications from dry mouth in diabetic patients.
People with Head and Neck Injuries
Sometimes, an injury to the head or neck can also damage the salivary glands and lead to dry mouth. While the injury is healing, supplementing the glands natural production with a rinse or mouth spray can help prevent damage to the teeth.
People who Smoke
We all know smoking has a host of health concerns that accompany it. Unfortunately, dry mouth is often caused by smoking. If someone cannot stop the dry mouth by stopping tobacco, it’s a good idea to treat the symptoms of dry mouth with rinses and sprays.
Whether the cause of dry mouth is long term or short term, avoidable or unavoidable, there is no reason to suffer ill effects in silence. CariFree offers a range of comfort products that take dry mouth from a major health concern to a treated issue.