Dry mouth is also known as xerostomia. It’s a condition that happens when salivary glands in your mouth don’t produce enough saliva. It causes a parched, or dry, feeling in your mouth. It can also cause other symptoms, such as rough tongue, mouth sores, and cracked lips It can make it hard to swallow, chew your food and speak clearly. Untreated it causes bad breath and tooth decay.

Causes

There are many things that cause dry mouth but the number one cause is prescription and over the counter medication. It can also be caused by health conditions such as diabetes or cancer treatment. Do not quit taking your medication and make sure to consult with your dentist if it becomes a problem for you.

Symptoms

  • Bad breath
  • Splitting or cracking of the lips
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Taste disorders
  • Lipstick sticking to teeth
  • Tooth decay and plaque
  • Problems speaking
  • Problems swallowing and chewing

Risk Factors

  • Medication
  • Dry eye
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Dehydration

Should You See Dentist? Answer Yes or No To The Following…

  • Do you drink waters to aid in swallowing?
  • Are you taking prescription or over the counter medication every day?
  • Does your mouth feel dry after you eat?
  • Does your throat feel dry?
  • Does your mouth burn?
  • Do you have tongue or mouth sores?
  • Do you lack saliva?
  • Do you sip water all day because of a dry mouth?
  • When you wake in the morning does your mouth feel dry and sticky?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions you need to talk to your dentist for information about dry mouth and your oral health.

Treatment & Care

  • Chew sugarless gum
  • Do not drink very hot or very cold liquids
  • Avoid carbonated beverages
  • Drink only sugarless drinks
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Drink water before during and after the meal
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Use an alcohol free mouthwash
  • Use a humidifier at night to moisten room air
  • Suck on sugarless candy to stimulate salivary flow
  • Sip room temperature water and carry a water bottle with you at all times.

Dry mouth can be uncomfortable, and the lack of saliva can attract oral bacteria. Make an appointment with your dentist, who can help cure the condition by recommending the right dry mouth treatment or combination of methods for you. Your dentist also has the medical background and experience to accurately pinpoint causes of the dryness. In addition to reading your file, your dentist will likely ask questions to determine causes. The only permanent way to cure the dryness is to attack the cause to alleviate oral dryness. The treatment my include topical fluoride treatments, prescription home fluoride, antibacterial/anti fungal mouthwashes or products including Xylitol gum. X-rays may need to be taken more frequently to monitor dental decay. Visit your dentist to develop a comprehensive plan for dry mouth treatment and management.

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