When one is in their 50’s and beyond, there are hundreds of medicines that can cause a dry mouth. From antihistamines to antidepressants there are so many medicines that it is impossible to list them all. Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is caused by a decrease in the amount of saliva in the mouth when salivary glands do not work properly. Saliva, the mouth’s natural defense mechanism, plays an important role in preventing tooth decay by rinsing away food particles, neutralizing harmful acids, digesting food, and keeping oral tissues healthy. Sufferers may experience extensive dental decay; infections of the tissues of the mouth; difficulty in speaking, eating and swallowing; mouth sores; an altered sense of taste; and difficulty wearing dentures. It is important to keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water, chewing sugarless gum, and sucking on sugarless candies. Dentist are able to use sealants to help prevent the rampant spreading of cavities. If you feel you have this problem let’s us know so we can tailor a program to minimize the effects of your dry mouth.