What causes dry mouth?
Medications: Many common medications decrease saliva. These medications include: cold remedies, antihistamines. anti-depressants, some beta-blockers, anti-hypertensives and diuretics.
Disease: Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, arthritis, HIV, anemia or stroke.
Chemotherapy: Patients who are treated for head and neck cancer report a decrease in saliva. Their saliva glands may be affected by the chemotherapy.
Lifestyle Habits: Smoking and using chewing tobacco affect saliva production.
If you would like to learn more, click here to watch a video by the American Dental Association on dry mouth.