Dry mouth is a feeling that you don’t have enough saliva or moisture in your mouth no matter how much water you drink. The term for dry mouth in the medical/dental world is Xerostomia. Dry mouth can feel uncomfortable, sticky, burning have difficult time eating. This condition can even cause sores in the mouth. Everyone has dry mouth once in a while, especially if they are under stress, nervous, anxious or dehydrated. But if you have dry mouth most or all of the time you need to visit a dental office so we can problem solve with you.
What causes Xerostomia or Chronic Dry Mouth?
Medications: There are over 1800 drugs that can make your mouth feel dry. 80% of the top 10 drugs can cause dry mouth.
Diseases: A prominent disease which causes oral dryness is Sjogren’s Syndrome. This is an autoimmune condition which causes generalized dryness in the body. The dryness is caused by damage to the salivary and other similar glands. Sometimes Sjogren’s Syndrome is associated with rheumatoid disease. Other disease that may result in dryness are diabetes, Aids, bone marrow transplants and dehydration etc.
Cancer Treatment: Cancer Treatment for certain cancers of the head and neck can include radiation, which may damage the salivary glands that produces saliva.
Aging: As we get older our mouth will produce less saliva.
Nerve Damage to the mouth
Why is Saliva Important?
Saliva does more than keep your mouth wet:
- It protects teeth from cavities and gum disease
- It helps digest food
- It prevents infection by keeping the PH balance neutral so the bacteria levels stay balanced
- It makes it possible for you to chew and swallow
Treatment for dry mouth?
It all depends on how severe your case is. Mild dry mouth is often treated by regular dental visits and using tools at home to help keep the mouth wet. Moderate to severe cases will require more care with your dental professional. There are many natural and conventional ways to help keep your mouth wet and free of disease.
Please make an appointment with our office to assess your dry mouth condition. Dry Mouth is a real condition that should be taken seriously!
Call our office today 970-413-1799 to schedule a free Dry Mouth Assessment.
In the meantime here are some things that can help relieve the dryness in your mouth:
- Drink plenty of water
- Chew sugar fee gum
- Over the counter products can help relieve some of the dryness
- Avoid Alcohol
- Limit your Caffeine intake
- Sugar fee candies
We look forward to helping you manage your dry mouth and keeping your oral health free of disease!