Dryness of the oral cavity can have several causes. Many medications list dry mouth as a side effect. Chemotherapy or radiation therapy may impact salivary gland production. Another less well known cause is Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmue disorder which is characterized by dry eyes and dry mouth, as well as possible dryness in other mucosal tissues.
Often, dental professionals are in a position to assist with the diagnosis and referral of patients with this condition as lack of saliva can be observed during dental procedures.
If you are experiencing dry mouth, talk with your dentist at your next appointment with Life Smiles family dentistry in Plymouth, MN.