Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an oral health issue that can have a number of causes. Dry mouth can also lead to other dental issues such as infections of the mouth and tooth decay. If you have persistent dry mouth, you should consult your dentist for an exam.
Dry mouth has a number of symptoms, the most obvious being a sticky and dry feeling. You may be thirsty more often than usual, or develop cracked lips. The tongue can develop a tingling sensation that spreads to the rest of the mouth.
The tongue may also turn red or develop a raw feeling. The dry sensation can spread to the throat and nose, leading to hoarseness and difficulty speaking or swallowing. Patients can also experience bad breath from dry mouth.
Saliva is nature’s cleanser of the mouth, and without it bacteria has a bigger chance of growing on the teeth. This can lead to tooth decay. It is very important to maintain good oral habits if you have dry mouth, which includes brushing after every meal, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist.
The dentist may also recommend additional steps to combat the dry mouth, depending on its cause. If it is caused by medication, he may recommend that you consult your doctor to switch to another prescription. The dentist may also recommend an oral rinse.
Other steps you can take include sucking on sugar-free candy to increase saliva flow, drinking more water than usual, and setting up a humidifier to keep the air moist in your home. Try breathing through your nose to prevent drying out your mouth further. There are also over-the-counter saliva replacements that may work for you.
Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol, as these can further dry out your mouth. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or any other dehydrating food such as high-sodium foods. Don’t smoke.
All these solutions can help combat dry mouth, which in turn will help treat the problems caused by dry mouth. Your dental team serving Grand Prairie Texas can recommend any further steps you may need to take in regards to prescription treatments. Call Active Dental at 972-606-2999 to schedule your visit.