Causes and Treatments for Dry Mouth
- Posted on: Jun 1 2011
If you have ever had dry mouth before, you know just how much of an inconvenience it can be. Dry mouth can make it difficult to eat and speak as you usually would. Dry mouth may even be the sign of a different health condition that needs to be looked into. Boston area cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert Rapisarda and his entire staff at his Barre, MA office would like to take this opportunity to look at the basic causes of dry mouth. After taking a quick look at those, we’d like to take a look at the different treatments for dry mouth that are available that you may wish to consider.
Dry mouth is also known as xerostomia. The condition is easy to identify since we’ve all experienced in some degree before: it involves reduces saliva production in the mouth. One of the common causes of dry mouth is dehydration. It’s important that you stay hydrated throughout the day, and reduced saliva production is a sign that you may need a quick glass of water. Of course, dehydration is not the only cause of dry mouth. Many people notice their mouths become dry due to anxiety, tension, worry, and so on.
Another common cause of dry mouth is blockage of the salivary gland or salivary glands. To remedy this issue, your doctor or dentist may suggest you suck on sour candies in order to promote increased saliva production. This should help remove the blockage in due time. Some health conditions such as diabetes may result in dry mouth, so be sure to keep that monitored just in case. And on last cause to mention is alcohol consumption. Since alcohol can dry out the mouth, drinking too much can lead to dry mouth. Be sure to drink responsibly and in moderation.
Apart from remaining hydrated and promoting saliva production to remove blockages as mentioned above, there are a number of artificial saliva products that are available for people with serious dry mouth. These may come in candy/lozenge form, spray form, gel form, or rinse form. We’ll discuss each of these with you in more detail at our office.
For more information about dry mouth as well as Boston dental crowns and other options for effective dental care, please contact our Barre, MA cosmetic dentistry office today. We will assess your dental health situation and make a decision that best meets your needs.
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