So your mouth feels a little dry, but that’s not cause for concern – or is it? Xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth, is a reduction in saliva flow. It can range from being a problem you hardly notice to a complication you can’t ignore. At its worst, saliva loss can impact not just your oral health, but your overall well being.
What Causes Dry Mouth
In many cases, dry mouth is a side effect of over-the-counter or prescription medications. If you’re experiencing dry mouth, your dentist may be able to make recommendations to improve your salivary flow. If medication is not the culprit, then further investigation may be required todetect an underlying cause. Xerostomia may be the first symptom of a more serious illness.
Complications of Reduced Saliva
Dry mouth can often cause a persistent sore throat, hoarseness, dry sinuses and even lead to difficulties when swallowing or speaking. Not only does it affect your overall health, it can also have a great impact on your teeth, resulting in:
Saliva plays a key role in keeping your mouth healthy and clean, by rinsing away food particles and cavity-causing bacteria. When the amount of your saliva is reduced, it creates an environment that encourages plaque and cavities to develop. Restoring saliva flow is vital for maintaining a healthy smile.
Dry Mouth Is Treatable
If you’re suffering from dry mouth, call your dentist and ask about options to reduce the symptoms. In the meantime, you can try increasing your water intake, avoiding salty foods, and rigorous oral hygiene. Prolonged symptoms could wreak havoc on your smile, so don’t delay in getting appropriate care.
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New York, NY 10036
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