If you are one who is constantly reaching for water because of your dry, cottony mouth, you have dry mouth, and we’re here to help you.
What is dry mouth?
Dry mouth is a condition that is also called xerostomia. This condition can be considered as a symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of medications like antihistamines, decongestants, pain killers, diuretics, and more. The condition results from inadequate saliva flow in the mouth and it can cause many problems. Some problems include the alteration of the health of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth, the inability to neutralize oral acids, and the promotion of tooth decay.
What are the symptoms of dry mouth?
Common symptoms of dry mouth include a constant sore throat, a burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, dry nasal passages, and hoarseness.
What are the treatments for dry mouth?
Some dry mouth treatments are chewing or sucking on sugar-free gum or candies and using oral rinses as well as artificial saliva. Whatever you can do to promote saliva flow on a regular basis will help you enormously.
How can I prevent dry mouth?
Preventing dry mouth is easier than you might think. All you need to do is use a humidifier in your home, breathe through your nose as much as possible, avoid using tobacco products, drink 8 FL oz. of water each day, and avoid using medications that cause dry mouth.
Now that you know all about dry mouth—the causes, symptoms, and treatments—it’s time to improve your oral health by using our tips and visiting with Dr. David J. Berg. Our team at Studio 1 Dental are here to help you every step of the way, so please call 916.567.0900 now and schedule an appointment. We look forward to your call!