Dry mouth or cotton mouth is a chronic condition where elderly people struggle to generate enough saliva to help with eating and speaking. Not only is dry mouth uncomfortable, it can lead to some serious oral health issues. Family caregivers should not discount it when their elderly loved one complains about dry mouth, and they should get medical attention as soon as they can.
Most of the time, dry mouth is linked as a side effect to common medications that many seniors take. In some instances, it is a sign of a more serious health problem, like diabetes. A physician can diagnose the source of the dry mouth and then help with establishing a treatment plan. Regardless of what is causing the dry mouth in an aging loved one, there are several things that can be done to alleviate the symptoms and make activities like eating and speaking more comfortable… Continue reading