A very common dental problem is that of dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when your salivary glands can’t manufacture enough saliva. This condition can be brought on by a number of things, such as age, diet, tobacco use, medications, disease, radiation or chemotherapy, or underactive glands.
You will notice that your mouth will feel sticky or dry, you may have cracked lips mouth sores, a sore throat or a burning tongue, and even trouble eating and speaking. Saliva keeps the mouth hydrated, but it also washes away the bacteria and acids that can cause oral problems. People with dry mouth are at a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Your dentist can prescribe medications for dry mouth, or artificial saliva. Or, she may want to talk with your primary care physician about changing your medications or altering a prescription. The solution to your problem may be as simple as drinking more water, or putting a humidifier in your bedroom at night. Or you may need to cut down, or quit using tobacco, caffeinated drinks, or alcohol, all of which can contribute to dry mouth. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy can also stimulate the flow of saliva.
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of dry mouth, have another concern about your oral health, or if it is just time that you came in for your routine cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Scharla Collins has a chair ready for you! If you live in the Mesquite, Texas area and would like to make an appointment at Texas Teeth call 972-270-2062 today.