Have you ever felt that your mouth is more dry than normal? Or that you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth? This dryness might be more than just a feeling. You might be suffering from dry mouth.
If so, call your A Supa Smile dentist right away. A dry mouth can be more than just a momentary dryness in the mouth. It can lead to other dental issues and compromise your overall oral health.
What Is Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth or xerostomia is a condition wherein the supply of saliva in the mouth is reduced. The salivary glands do not produce the proper amount of saliva needed to keep the balance of your mouth.
Saliva helps fight tooth decay by neutralising the acid produced by bacteria in the mouth. With the acid neutralised, your teeth enamel are safe from attack. Fluoride from your brushing can also remain in your mouth and help limit bacterial growth.
What Causes A Dry Mouth?
A dry mouth can be caused by a number of reasons including:
Your body needs water to maintain balance and properly function. When dehydrated, your salivary glands cannot produce enough saliva.
Smoking or even chewing tobacco can affect the amount of saliva in the mouth.
A number of body functions may slow down as you age, including saliva production. Poor care only makes the ageing process faster.
Side effect of medications.
A dry mouth may also happen as a side effect to your medication. Medications for depression, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, decongestants, and even some OTC medicines can cause a dry mouth. Best tell your doctor about this. Your doctor can lower the dosage or suggest another brand.
There are some medical conditions that bring dry mouth such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Why Is It Important To Treat A Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth should be treated immediately as it is a dental issue that can lead to more dental problems such as:
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
Symptoms Of A Dry Mouth
Aside from an overall feeling of dryness in your mouth, the condition also comes with the following symptoms:
- Sticky feeling in the mouth or throat
- Bad breath
- Cracked lips
- Mouth sores
- Dry tongue
- Burning sensation in the mouth
- Gum irritation
- Trouble chewing, swallowing, and speaking
Treatment At A Supa Smile
Determining the cause of your dry mouth is the first thing to establish in the treatment process. For instance, if dry mouth is caused by medications, your dentist will recommend that you talk to your doctor. Each case is treated based on its specific cause.
At A Supa Smile, we address dental issues that might cause damage to your oral health promptly. The earlier you talk to us, the sooner we can stop the problem.
Call (03) 9723 0703 or visit us at 143 Maroondah Highway in Croydon.