Xerostomia is the official term for the condition of dry mouth. People may experience dry mouth for a variety of reasons, but regardless of the cause, it can have a serious effect on your oral health. If you experience xerostomia, let Fife Dental Care help you find a solution to protect the health of your teeth and gums.
Why is Dry Mouth a Problem?
Saliva helps with chewing and digestion, but between meals it plays an equally important role in maintaining your oral health. Saliva helps to keep the teeth clean and maintains the pH balance of the mouth, preventing the development of cavities and oral infections.
For this reason, people who experience chronic dry mouth are at greater risk of dental decay, periodontal (gum) disease and infections like thrush. They also tend to have bad breath (halitosis) and may have difficulty speaking and swallowing.
What Causes Xerostomia?
Xerostomia occurs when the flow of saliva is reduced or absent. Dry mouth is a common side effect of medication use and is especially common in aging populations. It can also be caused by problems with the salivary gland caused by injury or disease.
Your dentist can identify xerostomia and help you choose a treatment solution that will protect your oral health. Depending on the situation, treating your dry mouth may mean adjusting or changing medications, receiving special moisturizing products or medications that stimulate saliva, and obtaining more frequent dental care to prevent tooth decay. It may also be recommended that you visit your medical doctor for a review of your current medications.
If you are currently experiencing xerostomia or have noticed symptoms of dry mouth, contact Fife Dental Care right away to protect your oral health.