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Dry Mouth- Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

DRY MOUTH: Xerostomia or Dry Mouth is common and often can be improved with some simple supplements or treatment. You may be suffering from xerostomia if you are experiencing a dry mouth sensation during the day and/or night, your saliva has become sticky or stringy, and you have bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth, or your taste of food changes.

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SYMPTOMS: If you’re not producing enough saliva, you may notice these signs and symptoms all or most of the time:

  • Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth

  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy

  • Bad breath

  • Difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing

  • Dry or sore throat and hoarseness

  • Dry or grooved tongue

  • A changed sense of taste

  • Problems wearing dentures

CAUSES: Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands in the mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. These glands may not function properly as the result of:

  • Medications

  • Aging: Many older people experience dry mouth as they age.

  • Cancer Therapy: Radiation treatments to your head and neck can damage salivary glands, causing a marked decrease in saliva production.

  • Nerve damage: An injury or surgery that causes nerve damage to your head and neck area can result in dry mouth.

  • Other Health Conditions: Dry mouth can be due to certain health conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, yeast infection, or due to autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren’s syndrome or HIV/AIDS.

  • Tobacco and Alcohol Use.

TREATMENT: Treatment for dry mouth depends on what is causing the problem. Managing Underlying Medical Conditions Causing Dry Mouth

  • Preventing Tooth Decay: Without saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to occur. If you have a dry mouth, you need to pay extra attention to good oral hygiene habits

  • Increasing the Flow of Saliva: Your dentist may recommend the use of artificial saliva products. These products are available over-the-counter in a rinse or spray. Toothpaste, mouthwashes, and moisturizing gels that are specially formulated for individuals with dry mouth are also available.

  • Managing Underlying Medical Conditions Causing Dry Mouth

If you feel the treatment is the right option for you, consult with our dentist at Jehangir OraCare Dental Centre or give us a call on +91-8149060597 to schedule an appointment.


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