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So what's hydration got to do with your teeth? Xerostomia, commonly known as a dry mouth, is a condition in which the salivary glands in the mouth do not produce enough saliva. Saliva keeps the mouth moist and cleanses it of bacteria. A lack of it, makes for an uncomfortably dry mouth that is also more susceptible to infection and disease.
- Dryness or a sticky feeling
- Frequent thirst
- Burning sensations or redness in the throat or on the tongue
- A sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or tasting food
A dry mouth can commonly be associated as a side effect of certain medications or medical conditions, but can also be caused by damage to the salivary glands because of injury or surgery.
- Stay Hydrated
- Chew sugar-free candy or gum
- Add moisture to your living spaces
Although these are just a few general tips about xerostomia, if you are experiencing the symptoms of a dry mouth often and it is interfering with your life, call our dental office at 918-455-0123 for an appointment.
These days it seems like more and more patients are experiencing a dry mouth and nobody likes a dry mouth! In fact, about 40% of patients over age 55 experience xerostomia or dry mouth. It's an uncomfortable and sometimes oddly unexplainable sensation that most people like to avoid. Although it's not a condition that automatically sends you into a panic about your health, however, a dry mouth can be a bother and something that you certainly want to change if possible, especially since a dry mouth can increase your risk for tooth decay at the root surface, which can cause tooth loss! So, if you find yourself in the unpleasant position of having a dry mouth, here is what you can do.
Chew Sugar-free Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva in your mouth. The chewing motion of your jaw and teeth should take care of at least some of your dry mouth problem.
Suck On Sugar-free Candy: Similarily to chewing sugar-free gum, if you suck on sugar-free candy, it should create more saliva in your mouth and moisturize it in the process.
Cut Out The Caffeine: Caffeine can contribute to a dry mouth, so by limiting, or eliminating your intake all together, you may find that your dry mouth is no more.
Stop Using Tobacco Products: Tobacco is another common cause of a dry mouth. Whether it is smokeless tobacco products or cigarettes, if you stop using them, your dry mouth will likely improve. On a side note, vaping has not been shown to be a safer alternative for your teeth, especially if you add flavoring agents! And not to forget, all tobacco products are exceeding bad for your oral health to begin with, so you will be doing your mouth a favor even more so.
Drink Lots Of Water: It may seem obvious, but drinking lots of water will likely improve your dry mouth. This is because a dry mouth is usually a sign of dehydration, so plenty of fluids will surely help.
A dry mouth can be very unpleasant, but it is often easily solved by either drinking more water, or trying one of the previously mentioned techniques. If you have tried these first line of defense solutions and the problem still persists, we can discuss some other professional options that you can consider at your next visit, like prescription dry mouth toothpastes. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!