We all feel thirsty from time to time. This type of temporary dryness in your mouth is typically quenched with a tall glass of water. However, for some patients, dry mouth can persist regardless of how much they try to hydrate. This is typically known as a condition called xerostomia. Not only can this dry mouth condition be uncomfortable, but it can also pose some serious threats to your oral health.
The Importance of Saliva
Saliva (otherwise known as your “spit”) plays some important roles in your mouth. First, it helps you break down the food you eat as the first stage of digestion. It also allows you to speak comfortably and swallow more easily. What you may not know, however, is that saliva contains key nutrients that can help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Your saliva neutralizes acids in your mouth so that the enamel of your teeth doesn’t become damaged. Without adequate saliva production, patients are more vulnerable to cavities, gum disease and bad breath.
Why Does Dry Mouth Occur?
Unfortunately, there are a variety of factors that can contribute to a dry mouth. This condition is especially common in aging adults or those taking certain medications like decongestants, pain killers and others. If you can’t find the trigger and remedy your dry mouth on your own, it is best to talk to a dentist before your smile health is compromised. Even patients with dentures or dental implants are prone to oral health consequences associated with dry mouth.
Is it Worth Discussing With Your Dentist?
How do you know if your dry mouth is bad enough to see your dentist? Look for the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Burning sensation somewhere in the mouth
- Trouble speaking for long periods of time
- Nasal and throat passages feel dried out
- Bad breath
- Loose fitting dentures
We Can Relieve Your Dry Mouth
At Carolina Commons Dentistry, we can treat xerostomia. There are many treatment options that can work to restore moisture and comfort to your mouth, including a change in medication, chewing sugarless gum, special dry mouth rinses and prescriptions for artificial saliva. Most importantly, our Indian Land dentists will ensure your smile health doesn’t suffer from your dry mouth condition. Contact us today to schedule your visit.
Posted on behalf of Carolina Commons Dentistry