Dry Mouth

 

Definition

Dry-Mouth also knows as xerostomia, is when you do not produce enough saliva needed in order to keep your mouth moisturized and wet.

 

Causes

Everyone will eventually experience a dry mouth at least once. It occurs when your saliva glands in your mouth are not working properly. Here are some common causes…

  • Certain Medications
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Cancer Therapy

 

Understanding

A healthy adult produces about three pints of saliva each day. It is quite easy to take it for granted, but saliva plays a big role in maintaining your oral health.

Saliva contains enzymes that aid in digestion and makes it much easier to talk. Many people who suffer from stage-fright may experience dry mouth. Saliva also helps prevent tooth decay by washing away food from your teeth and gums. It enhances the ability to taste food and makes it much easier to swallow.

Drying irritates the soft tissues in the mouth. This can lead to inflamed and infected gums. Without the cleansing effects of saliva, tooth decay and other health problems will become much more common.

 

Ways To Help Relieve Your Dry Mouth

There are many different ways to help relieve your dry-mouth. If you suffer from dry-mouth often contact your dentist to find the right solution for you.

  • Avoiding caffeine such as coffee, tea, and select sodas
  • Sipping water or sugarless drinks often and during meals
  • Chew sugar-free gum or suck on hard candies. Citrus, cinnamon or mint-flavored candies are good choices.
  • Ask your dentist about products for dry mouth

 

If you suffer from dry mouth often, consider making an appointment with your dental hygienist to find the best solution for you!

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