If you suffer from a dry mouth, eating can sometimes be a challenge. A lack of saliva in the mouth can make eating certain foods irritating and sometimes painful. Take a look at the category of foods and drinks below which you may wish to avoid, and in some cases, how you can make them more enjoyable.
This week marks the 5th annual European Head and Neck Cancer Awareness week, run by the European Head and Neck Society. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of head and neck cancer and to improve outcomes for patients with the disease.
It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has been affected by cancer at some point in their lives, whether it’s themselves or a close family or friend. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that in the year 2030, there will be 75 million people each year living with cancer – making cancer a serious global public health problem.
According to leading charity Diabetes UK it is estimated that there are currently 3.2 million people in the UK living with Type 2 diabetes. And because of the burgeoning issue of obesity, this is predicted to rise to 5 million by 2025.
Type 2 diabetes is occurs because the body us unable to break down sugar in the diet, which in turn leads to high levels of blood glucose which can damage the organs of the body.
We all suffer from a dry mouth from time to time – whether we are dehydrated, or maybe a bit anxious or nervous. And in most cases it is easily rectified by drinking water, or it will go away on its own.
But what’s the difference between this occasional feeling of a dry mouth and actually suffering from the condition ‘dry mouth’?
Living with a dry mouth – whether due to an underlying medical condition, or because of certain medications – can be painful, unpleasant and debilitating. What’s more it can impact on the health of your teeth and your general health.