FDA Consumer Health Information - Dry Mouth? Don't Delay Treatment

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 General News
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SILVER SPRING, Md., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Almost everyone's mouth is dry sometimes, especially during stressful

times. But a persistently dry mouth may signal an underlying disease or condition, so it's important to see your doctor, says the Food and Drug Administration.

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And because

dry mouth can lead to tooth decay, you should see your dentist, too.

Dry mouth, known medically as xerostomia, is a side effect of more than 400 prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Older people are especially vulnerable because they may take multiple medications.

Learn more about causes of dry mouth, products to relieve it, and tips for coping at

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm254273.htm

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SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration



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