Nearly everyone experiences intermittent dry mouth. For millions of people, though, dry mouth is a chronic condition that they suffer from every day.
Xerostomia is a condition also known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is when you do not have enough saliva to keep your mouth wet and moisturized. It can be caused by numerous things. It is a common side effect of many prescription medications and more common as we age.
Stress, smoking, autoimmune disorders, and cancer treatments are also known causes of dry mouth. Long-term dry mouth and lack of saliva can contribute to a number of dental problems including dental cavities and gum disease because it will attract oral bacteria.
Treatment for Dry Mouth
Dr. Sowell offers customized rinses, gels, and moisturizers to relieve the symptoms of dry mouth and prevent gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Treatment is personalized for the patient to restore the ideal oral chemistry. Rinses are used one or more times per day. Gels are applied using custom trays.
The Effects of Dry Mouth
Saliva serves a very important role in dental health:
- Protects and strengthens tooth enamel
- Delivers important minerals
- Washes away food and plaque
- Neutralizes acid and bacteria
- Keeps breath fresh
Dr. Sowell may recommend simple habits and lifestyle changes to increase saliva production. Chewing sugar-free gum, drinking more water, brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, rinsing with a fluoride rinse, breathing through your nose (not your mouth), and avoiding certain food and drinks. Most importantly, visit Dr. Sowell every 6 months for a regular dental check-up.
Dry Mouth FAQs
How does dry mouth affect oral health?
Dry mouth may increase a patient’s risk of having further health problems, such as tooth decay. Saliva contains things that attack bacteria, keeping your teeth from decaying.
Is dry mouth a sign of diabetes?
Dry mouth is one of the most common signs of diabetes. It is common for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to experience dry mouth.
Is dry mouth a sign of dehydration?
Dry mouth can be a sign of dehydration. This means that your body does not have enough fluids in it to produce saliva, causing dry mouth.
Request a Dental Exam Today
If you are suffering from dry mouth, contact Dr. Mark Sowell’s dental office in Plano, Texas for a consultation. Call (972) 382-6855 or request an appointment online.