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Dry Mouth Management

Joyful, playful older coupleIf you’re affected by dry mouth, also called xerostomia, your saliva glands are experiencing a decrease in function. The causes of dry mouth are numerous, such as ageing (considered to be a contributing factor, not necessarily a cause), certain systemic diseases, decreased chewing ability, the removal of salivary glands, radiation therapy and taking certain drugs and medications.

Systemic Diseases and Medications That Cause Dry Mouth

If you have rheumatoid conditions, a dysfunctional immune system, a hormonal disorder or a neurological disorder, you may have dry mouth. Some common examples of these conditions include Sjogren’s Syndrome, AIDS, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

There are several medications that are associated with dry mouth such as diuretics, decongestants, diuretics, antidepressants, antihypertensives and antihistamines.

The Symptoms of Dry Mouth

Though it may sound clear what oral dryness is, there is a range of signs that indicate you have dry mouth:

  • A burning sensation on your tongue
  • Cracked lips and dry corners of the mouth
  • Difficulty eating, particularly drier foods
  • Frequent thirst
  • Impaired tasting ability
  • Speech difficulties

What You Can Do About Dry Mouth

If you have a decreased saliva flow, you’re not just uncomfortable. You will also be at risk of tooth decay and gum disease, since food and plaque can accumulate easily. Saliva is a natural protection against cavities and other oral disease.

You should sip on water frequently with a glass beside you at all times, even at night. Chew sugarless gum and be sure to avoid alcohol, tobacco and foods that are high in sugar. The air humidity in your home can be adjusted, and a saliva substitute can help to wet your mouth. Be sure you brush and floss regularly to control plaque, using a fluoride toothpaste or rinse.

Our team can assist you with dry mouth management Blockhouse Bay. Call or email us today to learn more or book a consultation! Same-day visits are available.


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