Dry mouth, called xerostomia, is a condition in which the oral salivary glands reduce function, producing less saliva for the mouth. The purpose of saliva is to moisten your mouth to keep your oral tissues healthy, but it also helps with functions such as chewing and swallowing food and even with speech.
– The risk of experiencing dry mouth increases with age
– Cigarettes, as well as other tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, contribute to a dry mouth
– A wide variety of medications can cause a dry mouth. These medications include antihistamines, diuretics, medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol and medications for anxiety and depression
Certain medical conditions
– Such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease and Sjogren’s syndrome
Side effect of cancer treatment
– Radiation to the head and neck during cancer treatment can cause damage (either temporary or permanent) to the salivary glands, reducing salivary flow
– The body requires fluid to function properly. Dehydration can lead to reduced salivary flow, causing a dry mouth
Dry mouth is uncomfortable and difficult to live with, but it can also lead to gum disease and tooth decay if not properly treated.
The treatment for dry mouth depends on the cause of the dry mouth. If you are experiencing a dry mouth, it is important to talk with your doctor or dentist about the right treatment for you. Some ways to improve a dry mouth are:
It is important to address a dry mouth as soon as symptoms begin, as leaving it can lead to reduced oral health. Contact us today to book an appointment if you are experiencing dry mouth.