There are several causes of dry mouth and bad breath including, but not limited to:
- Daily use of medications that cause dry mouth
- Radiation treatment
- Poor dental health
- Illness, disease and their associated medications
- Infections of the mouth and respiratory system
- External agents, such as food or tobaccos
As mentioned above, one of the most common causes of dry mouth and bad breath may be a side effect of taking medication for a variety of conditions. In fact, dry mouth is listed as a side effect for over 1,800 medications that are used to treat conditions such as: Depression, Anxiety, Allergies (antihistamines and decongestants), Diarrhea, Urinary Incontinence, and Parkinson’s Disease.
Dry mouth can also be a side effect for many other illnesses and diseases including: Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Chronic Sinus Infections, Postnasal Drip, Diabetes, Acid Reflux, and Liver or Kidney Problems.
While there are some causes of dry mouth that can be avoided, such as tobaccos, food, poor dental hygiene, etc., many other conditions and medications cause dry mouth as a side effect, which cannot be prevented. To help ward off bad breath and dry mouth as a side effect, the quickest and easiest form of treatment is to increase saliva flow through the use of XyliMelts for Dry Mouth.