Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Although not considered a disease, Dry Mouth, medically known as Xerostomia, is often caused by medication. Yet, other possible causes are noted, including dehydration, sleeping with the mouth open, eating dry foods, or even a dry, hot climate. The lack of saliva flow in individuals with dry mouth is what poses the greatest oral health risk. Saliva serves an important role in moistening and cleaning the mouth, as well as rinsing away harmful bacteria and fungi. Thus, those with an unusually dry mouth have a greater chance of developing cavities, tooth decay, Gingivitis, and certain mouth infections, such as thrush.

Consider the common symptoms associated with dry mouth below:

  • Frequent thirst
  • Mouth sores
  • Dry throat
  • Burning tongue that is dry, red, or raw
  • Trouble speaking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Bad Breath

Steps To Increase Saliva Flow

  • Drink water—plenty of it!
  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste, followed by a fluoride rinse
  • Try to breathe through the nose, not the mouth
  • Chew sugar-free gum
  • Artificial substitutes for saliva
  • Oral Rinses

Health Conditions Related to Dry Mouth

In general, dry mouth can have causes that are not rooted in disease. For instance, individuals with anxiety and panic disorders often experience dry mouth. To explain, in times of high anxiety, individuals often breathe through their mouth. In turn, they are more prone to develop acid reflux. In certain cases, in a fight or flight response, the body will redistribute fluids to other areas of the body that need it more. Individually, these responses will affect saliva flow. Yet, combined, they can lead to severe dry mouth.

At Marvin Village Dentistry, we believe in the prevention power of comprehensive dental examinations. We will not cut corners when it comes to the oral health of your family. Are you suffering from dry mouth? Please call Marvin Village Dentistry today. We are fully committed to helping you prevent the damaging effects of dry mouth.

Posted on behalf of Marvin Village Dentistry


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