By David Munk Dry mouth. It can be a cause of concern for those wanting a healthy, clean mouth. Saliva is the body’s cleansing system for teeth and gums. It helps carry away unwanted food particles, which can begin the process of tooth decay, while......
The many causes of dry mouth, combined with its variable severity, mandate that treatment be individually tailored to fit each patient’s situation.
What is Dry Mouth Syndrome, also called Xerostomia?
A dry mouth is a lack of saliva and is a symptom of an underlying problem, rather than a disease in itself.
When healthy, we produce 1 to 1 ½ litres of saliva per day, which equates to about 40,000 litres, over a lifetime, however, due to many factors clinically dry mouth or xerostomia, (as the medics call it), affects about 1 in 4 kiwis.
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