Xerostomia is a medical term for dry mouth and or dry mouth symptoms. People that suffer from xerostomia typically produce 50% less saliva then the average person which causes oral discomfort, difficulty swallowing and predisposes one to cavities, Periodontal(gum) disease and mouth sores. Saliva production plays an important role in maintaining a clean and healthy mouth. Saliva helps reduce the amount of bacteria that builds up in the mouth and also aids in the removal of debris left by food. There are numerous over the counter treatments that people may use to help reduce the symptoms of xerostomia. Dentist.net offers a wide variety of these products such as; lozenges, mouthwash, toothpaste, sprays, gum, mints and more. These products are used to either help stimulate the production of saliva but most of them are moistening agents which help lubricate the mouth.
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