Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is simply a condition of reduced saliva in the mouth. While this may sound harmless, if you experience prolonged symptoms, it may be the cause of more serious side effects to your oral health.
Saliva not only works to help digestion, but also to keep your teeth clean. When saliva production is lacking, it allows for food particles and bacteria to stay on your tooth surface longer than those who produce more saliva.
Because of this, people with Dry Mouth tend to have more cavities develop and at a much faster rate, which can also be called “rampant caries” or “rampant decay” by dental professionals. If not treated properly, dry mouth can cause gum disease , dry nasal passages, and oral yeast infections.
Symptoms of dry mouth include:
- Bad Breath
- Hoarse Voice
- Frequent feeling of thirst
- Dry feeling of the tongue, mouth or throat
- Mouth Sores
- Difficulty tasting, chewing and swallowing
Causes of xerostomia are varied and include: side-effects of some prescription
medications and medical disorders, life style choices such as chewing tobacco or
smoking, and nerve damage. Conditions that cause dehydration, such as fevers,
vomiting, excessive sweating, diarrhea, burns or blood loss can also lead to the
development of dry mouth.
Some methods to treat dry mouth include:
- Drinking increased amounts of fluid water
- Making a conscious effort to increase breathing through your nose rather than your mouth
- Limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Using a humidifier/vaporizer
- Using a fluoridated toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay
- Sucking on sugar free candy or gum
If these remedies are not sufficient and for more advice, call today to talk to Dr. Dave
about products that can be purchased through our office such as:
MI Paste- a topical tooth cream that can replenish crucial vitamins and minerals on your tooth’s surface
GC Dry Mouth Gel– a product that provides a protective coating over teeth and oral
Biotene- which can help treat the symptoms and offer relief from dry mouth.
Dry mouth and the symptoms it presents can be problematic and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available.
If you are suffering from persistent dry mouth, call us today and we will help you come up with an effective approach to treat it.