Nearly everyone experiences intermittent dry mouth. For millions of people, though, dry mouth is a chronic condition that they suffer with every day.
Xeorostomia is the 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.
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.
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.
Visit Our Plano Dental Office
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.