Do you suffer from a dry mouth on a daily basis? The medical term for chronic dry mouth is xerostomia. This condition is described as not having enough saliva to keep your mouth as lubricated as it should be if it were healthy.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Mouth?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have xerostomia:
- Dry tongue
- Feeling of dryness in your throat
- Burning, stickiness or dryness on your mouth tissue
- Cracking on your lips
- Sores in your mouth
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing, tasting or chewing food
What Causes Xerostomia?
There are several different reasons why a person may develop dry mouth. Your dentist can help you determine whether or not your salivary flow is normal, as well as the cause. Some contributing factors of dry mouth include: radiation therapy, chemotherapy, anxiety, stress, depression, medications, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS or Sjogren’s syndrome.
Why is Your Saliva Flow Important?
Saliva serves many functions in your oral health. For one, it keeps your mouth wet to help you speak and chew easier. The “washing” action reduces chances of cavities by cleansing away bacteria and food debris. It also aids the body in digestion, making your food moist and easier to swallow.
How Can Xerostomia be Treated?
Depending on the cause of your dry mouth, certain steps can be taken to relieve your symptoms. Ask your dentist about artificial saliva supplements, drink water frequently, use fluoridated toothpaste, and suck on sugar-free candy to help stimulate your saliva glands.
Are you suffering from xerostomia? Contact Andover Dental Group before your oral health starts to suffer. Our dentists will be happy to meet with you to discuss your symptoms, pinpoint the cause, and help you to manage your dry mouth.