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” or more commonly referred to as “dry mouth”.
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.
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.
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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 for an individualized assessment and treatment recommendations. Same-day appointments are available!