What You Should Know About Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)

Although we don’t pay much attention to the use of our saliva, it is actually a very vital substance for our everyday living. We use saliva to eat more easily, to taste our food, and to disinfect our mouths. However, if we don’t produce enough saliva, we are left to experience an uncomfortable condition the dentist in Durham would diagnose as Xerostomia, or dry mouth.

Everyone experiences dry mouth at some point in their lives. People experience dry mouth when they are nervous, dehydrated or simply stressed out. Although very common, it can be very uncomfortable and irritating for those who experience it regularly. Frequent dry mouth not only makes your mouth feel uncomfortably dry, it can also have other adverse effects. Xerostomia can cause problems with eating and swallowing, dry lips, problems tasting food, and gradual tooth decay or bacteria buildup. If you feel you are constantly experiencing dry mouth, you should contact us for an evaluation.

People frequently experience dry mouth as a side effect to certain medications. We can help determine whether or not your medications are causing this. It can also be a side effect from illnesses such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or HIV/AIDS. Also, people can also develop dry mouth from certain treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

There are many ways that you can treat dry mouth. Some at-home treatments include drinking more water, chewing gum or simply maintaining proper oral care.  However, if you feel that the at home treatments are not enough, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist in Durham in order to explore treatment options that are right for you. Be sure to visit us regularly to ensure the best possible care for your oral health.

 

Article provided by Identity Dental Marketing Company.

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