Does your mouth feel sticky during the day?
Do you find that it’s difficult to talk or eat, because of a lack of saliva?
You may have a medical condition known as “xerostomia” (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh), or more commonly referred to as “dry mouth”.
Dry mouth, refers to a condition in which the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet.
Decreased saliva and dry mouth can range from being merely a nuisance to something that has a major impact on your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your appetite and enjoyment of food.
What Causes Dry Mouth Symptoms?
Xerostomia can be caused by a number of different factors, all of which decrease the amount of fluid secreted by your salivary glands. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Tobacco use
- Medications (especially those used for allergies, depression or decongestants)
- Chemotherapy and radiation treatment
- Underlying medical conditions
During your evaluation, we will thoroughly review your health and medical history to determine if there is a specific factor contributing to the lack of saliva production.
The Effects of Xerostomia
A lack of saliva can lead to numerous oral health concerns, including but not limited to:
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing during meals
- Burning gum syndrome
- Cracked lips
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Tooth decay – Cavities are a serious side-effect of dry mouth, as saliva is extremely important in keeping teeth lubricated throughout the day. Xerostomia can drastically increase a person’s chance of developing tooth decay on a recurring basis.
- If you wear dentures – it is essential to establish the diagnosis of dry mouth as it plays an imperative role in the retention of the dentures.
How to Treat Dry Mouth
The best way to treat dry mouth isn’t with mints or your favorite gum; it’s by working with your family dentist and doctor. Together we can work as a team to determine the specific cause of your xerostomia and address it in an effective manner.
Fluoride supplementation is extremely important, so that teeth have extra resistance against acids, plaque and demineralization. We may need to prescribe a special toothpaste or rinse for you to use on a daily basis.
Request an Appointment
In addition to correcting the side-effects of dry mouth, we may recommend alleviating your symptoms with specific brands of saliva stimulants or substitutes. Schedule a consultation with our in-network practice at A Supa Smile Croydon, for an individualized assessment and treatment recommendations. Same-day appointments are available!