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Dry mouth isn’t anything more than a dry mouth, right? Wrong! Dry mouth is a serious condition that can weaken your ability to chew food, speak properly and breathe properly, so please take it seriously. Learn a small bit more about the state by continuing.

The word xerostomia comes from the Greek words xeros (meaning “dry”) and stoma (meaning “mouth”). While it’s not clear as to when xerostomia was understood or classified, dry mouth has no doubt been the cause of a number of dental diseases and discoveries in history. Interestingly enough, dry mouth can be utilized as a sort of lie detector because the salivary glands make less saliva when under emotional duress.

Foiling dry mouth may not always be possible, but there are some things that you can start to do to lower your risk of developing the condition. To avoid xerostomia, you should avoid sugary drinks and alcohol; these substances can dry out your oral cavity and cause xerostomia, so be wary of them. Avoid excessively sugary foods, try to chew sugar-free gum and brush your teeth at least twice daily.

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