One of the most underestimated dental conditions is dry mouth, which can cause complications such as difficulty talking and swallowing. We encourage you to take dry mouth seriously to protect your oral health, and we have provided further information about the condition.
Initially, dry mouth may not seem like a true cause for concern, but it can result in some very negative side effects. For example, a main purpose of saliva is to help you with chewing by lubricating the food so that you can properly convert food into energy. Dry mouth, which is also called xerostomia, can affect your speaking ability, and you may not be able to speak well if you have a lack of saliva. Another role of saliva is to rinse away acids that gather in your oral cavity, and without this important function, you could have an increased risk of cavities. This could even ultimately affect your overall health, leaving your immune system more vulnerable to sickness.
Some signs of dry mouth can also include:
– A sore throat that doesn’t go away.
– You experience a burning sensation in your throat.
– You have difficulty speaking or even swallowing.
– Chewing is difficult (food gets stuck easily or doesn’t digest properly).
– The passages in your airway or nasal passages are dry.
– Noticeable reduction of saliva.
– Your lips or tongue don’t have enough moisture.
If you have been diagnosed with dry mouth, you may be able to improve your condition with products that stimulate saliva, including artificial saliva replacements, and you are welcome to speak with our team about the efficacy of these products. We encourage you to brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste and floss daily to ease dry mouth. Some patients also find that applying chapstick frequently can provide relief from dry mouth.
Other steps you can take to help dry mouth is to chew sugar-free gum or candy, regularly take sips of water and use mouthwash. If your dry mouth is the result of sleeping with your mouth open or snoring, keep a glass of water at your bedside and run a humidifier during the night. Decrease your consumption of caffeine and soda, and be sure to give up smoking or drinking alcohol.
For further information regarding dry mouth treatment, we invite you to contact our team to set up a consultation or appointment, so we can help you. We are happy to help you better understand your condition and develop a custom treatment plan. Give us a call today, and we’ll be sure to get you in as soon as possible!