Older adults may be susceptible to dry mouth
The reduced saliva flow that results in dry mouth is a common problem among older adults. Dry mouth, a condition known as xerostomia, can be caused by certain health problems and is often a side effect of medications.
Medications that can cause dry mouth include antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, medicines for hypertension, muscle relaxants, urinary incontinence drugs, medications for Parkinson's disease, antidepressants and many others.
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