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Doctor insights on: Dry Mouth Syndrome Xerostomia

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Is it possible for long-term xerostomia (reduced saliva production for 3 months) to be caused by severe anxiety and stress that started 4 months ago?

Is it possible for long-term xerostomia (reduced saliva production for 3 months) to be caused by severe anxiety and stress that started 4 months ago?

Possible but seek MD: prolonged xerostomia should warrant MD evaluation - many medications such as for allergies, sleep and anxiety can cause this, but other hormonal/metabolic and even autoimmune disorders also can. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have lambert eaton myasthenic syndrome? I have symptoms of dry mouth?

How can I tell if I have lambert eaton myasthenic syndrome? I have symptoms of dry mouth?

Testing: There are blood tests (for an antibody) and a type of nerve conduction test called repetitive nerve stimulation to help diagnose it. ...Read more

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Can dry mouth from sjogren's syndrome cause dental problems? If yes, what kind of problems, and what preventative measures can be taken?

Can dry mouth from sjogren's syndrome cause dental problems? If yes, what kind of problems, and what preventative measures can be taken?

See below: You will be more prone to cavities and brittle teeth. Seeing your dentist more frequently reduces your risk and you do need to let your dentist know that you have sjogren's. Avoiding prolonged exposure to sugar such as sucking on hard candy that is not sugar-free helps reduce your risk. Sometime using products such biotene/oasis can help. Medications such as Evoxac (cevimeline) and salagen may help moisture. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with viral syndrome sat. Laying down i feel fine. Standing up my heartrate jumps up to 130-140, dry mouth, extremely weak, headaches. Pots?

Diagnosed with viral syndrome sat. Laying down i feel fine. Standing up my heartrate jumps up to 130-140, dry mouth, extremely weak, headaches. Pots?

Orthostatic dizzy: When heart rate goes up and blood pressure drops upon standing this is called orthostatic hypotension. In severe cases it can cause fainting. A heart rate of 130 is concerning and should be evaluated for pots but also other potential causes. In the interim always ensure that you are well hydrated, increase your salt intake and wait a few seconds after standing to take your first step. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with sjögren's syndrome with a positive speckled ANA and titer of 1:80. I do have some dryness of the eye but no dry mouth.Normal?

I was just diagnosed with sjögren's syndrome with a positive speckled ANA and titer of 1:80. I do have some dryness of the eye but no dry mouth.Normal?

Sjogrens Syndrome: There is a really good website for reference. Sjogrens.Org. This site has allot of valuable information that may help with your condition. Dry mouth can be a concern as it can cause a rapid increase in tooth decay. Feel very fortunate if you do not have dry mouth as I have seen it cause many problems. ...Read more

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Can people get dry mouth with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

Can people get dry mouth with irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

It is possible: It is possible, especially if you are taking any medication to battle ibs. Many drugs can cause dry mouth as a side effect. Ask you doctor and see if your dentist has any suggestions to combat the dry mouth. ...Read more

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I was told I had leaky gut syndrome about 5 months ago. Now, I have dry mouth and pee a lot. Could this be diabetes bc of my syndrome? Type 1 or 2????

I was told I had leaky gut syndrome about 5 months ago. Now, I have dry mouth and pee a lot. Could this be diabetes bc of my syndrome? Type 1 or 2????

Get Checked: You need to get your blood sugar tested. You can see a provider. This is something you could get done at your local pharmacy, or if you know someone who has diabetes they could check your sugar. ...Read more

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2 sores on scalp, racing heart, fatigue, dry mouth, left house 3x in 8mos, can't stand&walk 4 long period, muscleloss, anxiety, could it be cushings syndrome?

2 sores on scalp, racing heart, fatigue, dry mouth, left house 3x in 8mos, can't stand&walk 4 long period, muscleloss, anxiety, could it be cushings syndrome?

Need evaluation: You have lots of things going on. The first thing you need to do is see your primary care doctor and have an evaluation. Many of your symptoms may be related to anxiety and your primary care can refer your for treatment. The only way to get answers is to make a start. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Meibomian gland dysfunction, is this indicative of Sojgrens Syndrome . Also have fatigue, joint pain and trouble walking and dry mouth?

Diagnosed with Meibomian gland dysfunction, is this indicative of Sojgrens Syndrome . Also have fatigue, joint pain and trouble walking and dry mouth?

No.: All glands can be affected by Sjögren's syndrome but this is not a typical gland in that disease. The most common areas are parotid glands and salivary glands. To diagnose the problem you should have dry eyes and mouth as well as gland swelling and either abnormal labs (ANA, SS-A, or SS-B antibodies). Ultrasound of the gland is also now being used to help in some cases. ...Read more

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What to do about dry mouth?

Investigate: Many possible causes. Some need medical management. Anxiety and sjogrens syndrome are two causes that come to mind. Symptomatic treatment for your comfort could include artificial saliva or even lemon drop candies. But these should be considered after medical causes are eliminated or better understood. You wouldn't want to mask symptoms of a significant illness that can be treated. ...Read more

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How can you cure dry mouth?

How can you cure dry mouth?

Depends on the cause: This symptom is very common, and is often seen as a side effect of many types of medication. Dehydration, radiotherapy involving the salivary glands and several diseases can cause change in saliva consistency and hence a complaint of xerostomia (dry mouth). Sometimes there is no identifiable cause...Certainly see your physician asap! ...Read more

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Which drugs cause dry mouth?

Many: The list of medications that cause dry mouth is very long and growing so i cannot list them all. The most important thing to do is take steps to avoid the damage to your teeth that dry mouth can do. Avoid sugary and highly acidic foods and drinks. See your dentist regularly. ...Read more

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What medicines cause dry mouth?

Several medications: Several medications cause dry mouth including anti-depressants, anti-epileptics, muscle relaxants, anti-psychotics and anti-histaminics (benadryl, claritin). Additionally, smoking/tobacco and anti-cancer drugs can also cause dry mouth. ...Read more

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Dry mouth symptoms of what drugs?

Dry mouth symptoms of what drugs?

Many, many drugs: Over the counter cold medicines, allergy medicines, prescription heart & blood pressure medicines, anti- depressants, and so many others have a side effect of dry mouth. Realistically, if you are taking any medicine at all, make sure you are maintaining excellent oral hygiene, drinking lots of water, and seeing your dentist regularly to prevent tooth decay from dry mouth. ...Read more

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Why doesn't my dry mouth go away?

See your PCP: There are many causes of dry mouth including: mouth breathing, OSA, certain medications, smoking and systemic illnesses (diabetes). Some causes are easily correctable, others are more difficult to treat. Taking good history may be helpful to find the cause and can be of significant value when treating dry mouth symptoms. ...Read more

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What is behind constant dry mouth?

What is behind constant dry mouth?

Medications, usually: Many medications have the side effect of reducing salivation. If you are taking any meds, ask your dentist or physician if they can cause this problem. Beside medications, dry mouth can also be caused by recreational drug use, radiation to the head or neck for cancer treatment, coffee/tea, anxiety and others that don't come to my mind at this moment. ...Read more

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What food are good for a dry mouth?

Dry mouth: Avoid foods and drinks that are acidic or high in sugar. Chew xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva. Drink lots of water. See your doctor to find out the cause of your dry mouth and perhaps change medications. ...Read more

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Baby Bottle Syndrome (Definition)

Baby bottle syndrome is dental caries resulting from prolonged use of baby bottles especially with juice or other sugary drinks. The distribution of the caries start in the central middle teeth- central incisors- where teeth are in contact with the bottle nipple. If severe can result in loss of baby teeth and sometimes ...Read more


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Burning Mouth Syndrome (Definition)

Burning mouth syndrome causes chronic burning pain in your mouth. The pain from burning mouth syndrome may affect your tongue, gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, roof of your mouth, or widespread areas of your whole mouth. The pain can be severe, as if you ...Read more