If you’re suffering from dry mouth, seeking treatment is crucial. Dr. Taylor has answers. Read more about the causes of and solutions to this uncomfortable condition.
Woodlands Dentist Dry Mouth Solutions
We all need saliva for oral health. Saliva makes it easy for us to chew and swallow food, and it also cleans our mouths by flushing out the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Unfortunately, problems occur in our mouths from time to time that affect the amount of saliva we produce — and the result is an uncomfortable condition we call dry mouth.
Dry mouth makes it too easy for bacteria to build up on our teeth and gums, causing gingivitis and tooth decay. If you’re suffering from a lack of saliva in your mouth, it’s time to do something about it — your oral health depends on a well-hydrated mouth!
Symptoms of Dry Mouth
It’s not hard to figure out what dry mouth is — if you’re suffering from it, you probably know. Aside from a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth, its symptoms include:
- Frequent thirst
- Sores in the mouth or cracks on the lips
- Dry throat
- Burning, tingling mouth and tongue
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing food
- Hoarseness and sore throat
- Bad breath
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or a combination of several, chances are good that you’re suffering from dry mouth. But what causes it? Knowing its cause is the first step in seeking a cure.
Causes of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can be caused by many things, and is most often a side effect of prescription or over-the-counter medications. If you’re suffering from dry mouth, see if it’s caused by a medicine you’re taking — and if it is, consult your doctor for alternatives.
Other causes of dry mouth include:
- Side effect of disease and infection, like HIV, diabetes, stroke and others
- Side effect of medical treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy
- Tobacco use
How to Treat Dry Mouth
Talk to your dentist about your dry mouth treatment options as soon as possible. Dr. Taylor, your dentist in 77308, can help you identify the problem and get you on your way to a healthy, hydrated mouth. Some fixes include:
- Chewing on sugar-free gum to encourage saliva flow
- Upping your water intake to stay extra hydrated
- Putting a vaporizer in your room while you sleep
- Adding a fluoride mouth rinse to your toothbrushing routine
- Trying to breathe through your nose as much as possible
If you’re suffering from dry mouth, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Taylor’s office — proper saliva flow is necessary to maintain a clean, healthy mouth. Schedule your appointment today!