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Dentists, Pharmacists Raise Awareness of Medication-Induced Dry Mouth
Date:8/11/2011

production and extreme dry mouth in many cases.  

"Saliva plays an important role in maintaining oral health," says Dr. Donald Clem, president of the American Academy of Periodontology.  "With decreased saliva flow, we can see an increase in plaque accumulation and the incidence and severity of periodontal diseases."

How to relieve dry mouth
Individuals with dry mouth should have regular dental checkups for evaluation and treatment.  "Be sure to carry an up-to-date medication list at all times, and tell your dentist what medications you are taking and other information about your health at each appointment," advises Mr. Thomas Menighan, executive vice president and Chief Executive Officer, American Pharmacists Association.  "In some cases, a different medication can be provided or your dosage modified to alleviate dry mouth symptoms.  Talk to your pharmacist if you have any questions regarding your medication."

Increasing fluid intake, chewing sugarless gum, taking frequent sips of water or sucking on ice chips can also help relieve dry mouth symptoms.  Avoiding tobacco and intake of caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages may also help those with the condition.  Your dentist may recommend using saliva substitutes or oral moisturizers to keep your mouth wet.  Your local pharmacist is also a helpful source for information on products to help you manage dry mouth.  

About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 156,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the pra
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