Throughout everyday life, saliva is taken for granted. It’s only when there isn’t enough of it that we notice its absence. A lack of saliva in your mouth often results in dry mouth, a common condition experienced by many.
Continue reading to discover what dry mouth is, common causes, symptoms, and how our dentists can help.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia, describes a condition in which an individual’s salivary glands do not produce enough natural saliva to keep their mouth wet. Those who suffer from dry mouth know it to be uncomfortable and frustrating especially when a cause is not immediately obvious.
If you are experiencing dry mouth, it could be due to:
It is with a proper oral examination and review of your full health history that our dentists can determine what is responsible for your dry mouth.
There are several notable symptoms tied to dry mouth. These symptoms should not be ignored as prolonged dry mouth can increase your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and mouth infections.
Sometimes symptoms can resolve themselves on their own through advised medication adjustments, increased hydration, or abstinence from tobacco or alcohol. Making teeth brushing a priority at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste can also help alleviate dry mouth.
No matter what caused the onset of your dry mouth, relief is just an appointment away. You do not have to figure out the reason behind your condition on your own. After all, the culprit could be any number of things. Prevent further oral complications by seeing our dental professionals as soon as you’re able.
Depending on your medical history, recommended treatment options can include prescription or over-the-counter mouth rinses, artificial saliva or moisturizers, and fluoride trays. Chewing sugar-free gum on your own can also help stimulate natural saliva production.
Be sure to let one of our dentists know if a certain treatment is not working. We will do our best to review your condition further and suggest alternative options.
Dry mouth can be downright annoying and linked to several underlying causes. Fortunately, you do not have to endure this nagging condition on your own. Our trained dentists in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, MI, are available to help pinpoint the reason for your dry mouth and offer treatment to alleviate symptoms.
Schedule an appointment via our online form or call one of our MI Smiles locations today to seek needed relief from dry mouth.
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