For most of us, dry mouth is a relatively rare inconvenience. For some, however, frequent dry mouth can be a painful condition that leads to other health problems. To help you decide whether the dry mouth you experience is normal or if it’s something you should bring up with our team, we have put together the following information.
What Is Dry Mouth?
When your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist, you experience a condition called dry mouth, or xerostomia. In additional to being uncomfortable, dry mouth can negatively affect your oral health. Your body relies on saliva to wash away any food debris left behind after eating as well as help neutralize acids produced by bacteria in your mouth.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
There are a variety of causes of dry mouth. For example, you may temporarily experience dry mouth when you’re anxious. Certain medications are notorious for causing dry mouth, so check with your doctor to see whether dry mouth is a possible symptom. Conditions affecting your salivary glands can also cause dry mouth. In some cases, dry mouth is a side effect of aging.
Why Is Dry Mouth Serious?
Without a well-functioning salivary system, bacterial growth in your mouth can increase. This leads to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Dry mouth can also lead to an uncomfortable sticky feeling in your mouth, bad breath, and difficulty chewing and speaking.
If you regularly experience dry mouth, let us know. Our team will carefully review your dental history and help you get to the bottom of what’s causing your dry mouth. Then, we can go over your treatment options to help restore the normal functioning of your mouth. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit to Edgewater Dental Arts, contact our office today!