Dry mouth is a condition that is also known as xerostomia and it involves the inadequate production of saliva. This could be considered as a symptom of a medical disorder or a simple side effect of many different types of medications, like decongestants, painkillers, diuretics, and antihistamines.
Having a dry mouth is more serious than you might realize. Without saliva, your smile is in grave danger. Your oral health can be altered because the food particles will not be washed away and the oral acids in your mouth will not be neutralized. Your smile will also be severely vulnerable to tooth decay.
To help you know if you have dry mouth, our Alberto A. Herrero, DDS dental team encourages you to look out for the following symptoms:
- A constant sore throat
- A burning sensation
- Having trouble speaking
- Dry nasal passages
- Difficulty swallowing
If you have dry mouth, your dentist will likely suggest chewing on sugar-free gum or candies on a regular basis to produce the saliva you need. Dr. Alberto A. Herrero may also suggest using artificial saliva and oral rinses.
In order to prevent dry mouth, you should avoid using tobacco products, drink 8 FL oz. of water each day, use a humidifier in your home, avoid using medications that cause dry mouth, and breathe through your nose as much as possible.
For more information about dry mouth in Ann Arbor, Michigan, please feel free to call Alberto A. Herrero, DDS today and talk to a member of our caring dental team. All you need to do is call 734-222-9140 and we will be happy to help you!