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Common Causes of Dry Mouth

Do you suffer from a constant pasty, dry mouth?

Most times, dry mouth is due to something simple, like dehydration or weather. However, if you’re constantly plagued with dry mouth regardless of the season and how much fluids you drink, it could be a sign of a more serious condition—such as Crohn’s or another autoimmune disease.

Here are the 12 most common causes of that dry, pasty mouth…

1. Medications

There are many, many medications that cause a patient to suffer from a dry mouth. Medications—such as certain chemotherapy drugs to treat cancer—are linked to dry mouth. The Mayo Clinic also lists those that treat high blood pressure and anxiety, as well as “decongestants, muscle relaxants, and pain medications.” However, the most common culprits as far as drugs are antihistamines and anti-depressants.

If your prescriptions are causing dry mouth, talk to your doctor about swapping to another medication. Unfortunately, in some cases there is nothing that can be done, especially if the medication you are taking is necessary. To combat this side effect, try carrying a pack of sugar-free gum or mints. These will help stimulate saliva flow.

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