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What should I do if my medications make my mouth dry?

Talk to your doctor if you are troubled by a dry mouth. Many medications and medical conditions can cause dry mouth syndrome. Normal amounts of saliva are important to maintain healthy teeth and gums; a lack of saliva increases the incidence of decay and periodontal disease (gum disease). Saliva also aids in swallowing, digestion, and the ability to speak normally. Because dry mouth is very common, products have been developed for the treatment of this condition; many are sold over the counter in drugstores. Consult your doctor or dentist to discuss this common condition and possible treatments appropriate for you. In the meantime, keep a glass of water nearby; sip from it regularly during the day, swishing the water around in your mouth to moisten your gums.
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