August 28, 2014

POU Weekly Health Thread: Rubiosis (or the common term: Dry Mouth)

Ok, this is serious!

*snicker*….ok, get it together! I’m serious here!

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Come back! Really, some people suffer from excessive dry mouth!

From WebMD:

We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for dry mouth.

Common symptoms of dry mouth (also called xerostomia) include:

  • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • Frequent thirst
  • Sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth; cracked lips
  • A dry feeling in the throat
  • A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue
  • A dry, red, raw tongue
  • Problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing, and swallowing
  • Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
  • Bad breath 

Why Is Dry Mouth a Problem?

Besides causing the aggravating symptoms mentioned above, dry mouth also increases a person’s risk of gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, and mouth infections, such as thrush.

Dry mouth can also make it difficult to wear dentures.

How Is Dry Mouth Treated?

If you think your dry mouth is caused by certain medication you are taking, talk to your doctor. He or she may adjust the dose you are taking or switch you to a different drug that doesn’t cause dry mouth.

In addition, an oral rinse to restore mouth moisture may be prescribed. If that doesn’t help a medication that stimulates saliva production, called Salagen, may be prescribed.

Other steps you can take that may help improve saliva flow include:

  • Sucking on sugar-free candy or chewing sugar-free gum
  • Drinking plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist
  • Protecting your teeth by brushing with a fluoridetoothpaste, using a fluoride rinse, and visiting your dentist regularly
  • Breathing through your nose, not your mouth, as much as possible
  • Using a room vaporizer to add moisture to the bedroom air
  • Using an over-the-counter artificial saliva substitute

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  • dannie22

    its a good thing we have obamacare so that we dont have to suffer from rubiosis LOL!!

    • Miranda

      PBO speaks for an hour and is cool as a polar bears toes and here comes mush mouth for just 15 minutes and bout to choke on his own words!

      • AxelFoley

        Posts I saw over at TPM:

        Watergate

        Whitewater? Benguzzle?

        Fiscal sip

      • nathkatun7

        Telling lies require ten times (or is it a hundred times) more energy than speaking TRUTH! No wonder the poor guy was thirsty.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      But the cure for Rubiosis is simply telling the truth.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    No. You. Did. Not.

    LOL!

  • Alma98

    If I was sweating like Nixon I’d need a drink too. lol