Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, may be caused by poor oral hygiene a medical condition, certain medications, or an inadequate flow of saliva.
There are several products that have been known to contribute to dry mouth, including medications that you may be taking. Several medications such as decongestants, painkillers, diuretics, and antihistamines have all been shown to increase your risk for dry mouth. Always exercise caution with any medications. Even though dry mouth is not officially considered a disease, it can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
It is important to have enough saliva in your mouth. Saliva is known for neutralizing acids and washing away debris. To produce additional saliva, chew sugarless gum after meals or eat crunchy foods and vegetables with a high water content. Your dentist may suggest a prescription mouthwash or artificial saliva. You may need to use a humidifier in your home, or simply increase your water intake.
There are several side effects associated with dry mouth, including cavities, tooth decay, problems speaking chewing, and swallowing, and a chronic sore throat.
Michael J Leahy DDS wants to help you with dry mouth. To schedule an appointment at our office in Columbus, Ohio, please call us at 614-848-4900. Dr. Michael J Leahy and our team want to save your smile and improve your oral health.