Look Carefully at Dry Mouth: Causes and Treatment

dentist Sterling HeightsIt is not uncommon for your mouth to get dry from time to time. However, if it becomes a problematic condition that affects daily life, then it may be time to talk to your dentist. Your body may not be producing enough saliva. This is a condition which needs to be treated because it can exacerbate existing illnesses and cause of host of other complications. Dry mouth can come on suddenly or gradually over time and it can be a serious condition.

Causes of Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be caused by many things, including stress and anxiety. Certain medications can cause or contribute to dry mouth. It can even be a symptom of some systemic illnesses, such as diabetes. Aging and certain autoimmune disorders can also cause the salivary glands to malfunction. Of course, smoking and other lifestyle choices can also contribute to dry mouth.

Why It’s Bad for Oral Health

Saliva helps neutralize the acids which are naturally produced by the bacteria in your mouth, limiting bacterial growth and preventing tooth decay. Saliva also helps to enhance the taste of foods and wash away small food particles. It aids in digestion by making food easier to chew and swallow. Saliva is an integral part of oral health and the digestion process. Patients who suffer from dry mouth are at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Treatments for Dry Mouth

Each case is different and treated on an individual basis. Your dentist may recommend a range of treatments depending on the severity of your condition. Patients with dry mouth should always pay close attention to their oral hygiene routine because of their increased risk of complications. It may be helpful to chew sugarless gum, sip room temperature water and use an alcohol-free mouth rinse. You should avoid tobacco and alcoholic beverages to help with this condition.

If you think you may suffer from dry mouth, or you have already been diagnosed, contact our team at Forever Young Dentistry today. Dry mouth is more than just a nuisance and it can be treated.