The Number One Cause Of Dry Mouth Is "Polypharmacy"
Polypharmacy or the use of multiple medications accounts for 64% of dry mouth cases. Most commonly prescribed medicines such as antidepressants, anticholinergic (for gut, bladder and lung issues), anxiety medication (sleeping pills sedatives), anticonvulsant, antihistamines (allergy medication), narcotic analgesics (pain medications), hypertensive drugs (blood pressure and diuretics) and anti-inflammatory agents. All cause dry mouth.
In fact there is a direct correlation between your age and the number of different medications you are on. If you are on one medication your chance of having dry mouth is 25%. However if you take six or more medicines then your chances of having dry mouth are 70%.
Illness is also a major cause of dry mouth. Virtually all illness causes dry mouth (xerostomia). The illnesses are then compounded by the medications to treat the condition. So now we have polypharmacy and illness working in tandem to cause dry mouth. Specific illness that cause dry mouth are; cancer, diabetes, Sjogrens's syndrome, heart disease, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, sleep disorder, Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obesity,anxiety, lupus/scleroderma, pneumonia, asthma, allergies, depression, HIV/AIDS.
Sjogren's Syndrome is the most common dry mouth illness. Sjogren's syndrome (SS), is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease where the immune cells attack and destroy the function of glands that produce tears and saliva. Sjogren's occurs predominantly in postmenopausal women. It is estimated that as many as 3 percent of Americans suffer from Sjogrens's syndrome, with 90 percent of these patients being women with a mean age at diagnosis of 50 years
Twelve Important Signs of Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
You can quickly test yourself by checking if you have any of these symptoms or medical conditions as the onset of dry mouth may be insidious and subtle.
- Constant Sore Throat
- Burning or Cracked Tongue
- Reaction to Acidic Foods
- Dry Cracked Lips
- Cracked Corners of Mouth
- Dry Nasal Passages (Day or Sleeping)
- Constant Thirst
- Lack of Saliva during Eating or Talking
- Saliva that is Stringy or Foamy
- Bad Breath
- Taking Daily Medications
- Suffer from Sjogrens Syndrome
If you ticked positive to any of these symptoms then you suffer from Dry Mouth (whether you realise it or not). Also if you are over 50 years age then you also accelerate the issue of dryness. Recent research shows that saliva glands do not shut down and are of no further use. Actually they go into a form of hibernation or hypertrophy where they stop or reduce manufacture of saliva. This same research also showed that a combination of Green Tea Extracts called Catechins when combined with Xylitol can actually stimulate the saliva glands to produce saliva, as well as protect them from hypertrophy (shutting down).
Dr Hsu of Georgia Health Sciences University has helped BreezeCare develop the first and only range of Green Tea Extract and Xylitol Products for the specific purpose of Salivary Gland Health. These ingredients of Green Tea Catechins and Xylitol are in our DRYGUARD Product Range of Lozenge, Lip Balm, Mouthwash and Chewing Gum.
The patent pending formulation provides protective effects to salivary gland cells, normalises cell signals and increase anti-oxidant enzyme levels, in addition to gland stimulant and moisturising effects. In a recent study undertaken at Georgia Regents University in 2013, a 400% increase in unstimulated saliva was noted when patients took a combination of Green Tea Catechin EGCG combined with Xylitol.
Three Reasons Why Preventing Dry Mouth Is So Important
Dry Mouth Sufferers Have No Protection From Acid Attack. Every time you eat or drink you produce acid that can damage your teeth and mouth in general. In a healthy (non dry mouth) individual this is not a concern as your healthy saliva neutralises the acids that are produced. In fact over a twenty four hour period, a healthy person produces at least half a litre (500mL) of saliva.
Dry Mouth Sufferers Have No Protection Against Sensitivity, Erosion and Decay. Your teeth are under constant attack from everyday activities such as food, sport, stress and illness. When the acid levels are high or level of saliva produced is low, then Calcium and Phosphate can leach out of the teeth causing erosion and tooth decay. Healthy saliva neutralises acid attack by changing the mouth pH to neutral. Also healthy saliva can replenish tooth enamel by giving it back its needed Calcium and Phosphate compounds.
Dry Mouth Sufferers Have No Protection against Infections From Bad Bacteria. Research has shown that a healthy mouth has a good mix of bacteria that can defend the oral cavity from pathogens that cause tooth decay, bad breath and sore throats. These bad bacteria like to live in low oxygen environments, dry environments and acid environment. They do not like the oxygen rich neutral environment that saliva provides. So healthy saliva is extremely protective against pathogenic bacteria.
Take The DryGuard Test
Simply take four servings of either DryGuard Gum or DryGuard Lozenges a day for one week and see the difference it will make to your saliva production and oral health.