Dry Mouth

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth results from inadequate flow of saliva.  Adequate salivary flow lubricates oral tissues, cleanses the mouth and begins the digestive process as foods are chewed.  When salivary flow is reduces, harmful organisms grow in the mouth.  Left untreated, dry mouth may lead to oral yeast infection, a burning sensation, rampant tooth decay, bad breath and other oral health problems.  It can also make swallowing difficult.

 What Causes dry mouth? 

  • Prescribed and over the counter medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, diuretics, antihypertensives, and antidepressants.
  • Radiation treatment for head and neck cancers
  • Hormonal alterations associated with pregnancy and menopause
  • Natural Body Chemistry

 

 Getting Relief

  • Frequent sips of water
  • Sugar-free gum or candy to stimulate salivary flow
  • Alcohol-free oral rinses
  • Restricted intake of caffeine, alcohol and carbonated beverages

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is critical if you have dry mouth. This will minimize decay and periodontal disease.  Additional fluoride may be recommended to help control tooth decay. If you have any additional questions or concerns please call our office at 925-689-2585.