Look Carefully at Dry Mouth: Causes and Treatment

Look Carefully at Dry Mouth: Causes and Treatment

Many people have experienced a dry mouth, but when it becomes chronic, dentists know the patient may be suffering from a condition known as xerostomia.  Dry mouth can be a result of certain medications, but it can also indicate the onset of particular illnesses. If your mouth is uncomfortably dry, a consultation with your dentist can help to uncover the cause of the problem and find possible solutions.

Many patients that suffer from dry mouth find it difficult to eat or speak. The tongue sticks to teeth due to a lack of saliva. When a patient is unable to generate enough saliva to keep the mouth moist, there are a couple of suggestions to try. 

If your mouth is uncomfortably dry, a consultation with specific dentists can help to uncover the cause of the problem and find possible solutions.

Chewing sugarless gum is one option. Oral manipulation such as sucking may also induce salivation. However, make sure whatever you are using is sugarless, or you are promoting the potential for dental decay.

Drinking fluids, especially water, is also a good idea. But if you suspect your medications are the cause for dry mouth, consult with your provider to try alternative medications that will offer you the same protection, but without the dry mouth side effect.

Failure to deal with dry mouth has the potential for further problems. Dry mouth can lead to mouth sores, cracked lips, and gum disease. And without the ability to naturally flush oral bacteria with saliva, the embarrassing problem of bad breath may be another side effect.

There are oral rinses that are very successful in hydrating the mouth with consistent use. But when rinses fail, and medication changes do not work, your dentist definitely needs to be consulted to make sure everything is being done to maintain your oral health.

There are some medical illnesses that can produce a dry mouth. Treatment from radiation and even stressful situations can produce similar symptoms. But no matter what the cause, the effect of dry mouth is uncomfortable. Seeking help from your dental provider is most often the answer to bring relief.

Brushing daily with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel is recommended. Your dentist will likely prescribe one of the many rinses that have enjoyed great success. Consistent dental cleanings and exams will help you to monitor any dental problems, and provide the opportunity to discuss these issues with our dental professional, Dr. Melisa Christian, and find a resolution for your dental condition.