Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia is an unpleasant condition that can occur when the salivary glands in your mouth don't produce enough saliva. This is the result of prescription medications, dehydration, diseases, treatments, and even emotional stress.
Saliva is an important asset to prevent a dry mouth. It coasts and moistens the oral tissues and cleans the mouth. A low flow of saliva can lead to tooth decay and other infections in the mouth. It is vital to take well care of your oral health. Be sure to have regular dental checkups, brush two times a day, and floss every day.
A dry mouth can be prevented. Try some of the following prevention measures:
- Using sugar-free gum or candy to increase saliva flow
- Drink tons of water
- Rinse with alcohol-free mouth wash
- Keep a humidifier by your bedside to keep the air moist
- Avoid the usage of alcohol, tobacco products, and caffeinated beverages
Over time, you may experience changes in taste, difficulty swallowing, and in some cases, speech changes. You may also notice cracks and cuts on your lips at the corners of your mouth or a burning sensation.
If this continues to be a problem. please make an appointment with us. Our providers can help identify the source and prepare a treatment plan for you.