Without adequate saliva to lubricate your mouth, wash away food, and neutralize the acids produced by plaque, the potential for cavities greatly increases. Other common problems that result from dry mouth include a constant sore throat, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, and dry nasal passages.Certain medical disorders can contribute to a dry mouth. Often, a side effect of antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers and certain high blood pressure medications includes dry mouth. Even beverages such as coffee and those that contain alcohol can inhibit saliva flow. Along with a decrease in our sense of taste and smell, part of the normal aging process reduces saliva as well.To help keep your mouth moist, sip at least eight glasses of water per day. Dr. Ban Barbat also suggests asking your physician to suggest medications that may be less drying. Chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva flow. When practical, we can recommend oral rinses to replace moisture.Please remember to make us aware of any medications that you have begun taking since your medical history form was last completed. This information helps us unify your oral well being with your overall health at our Michigan Cosmetic Dentist Office.