Xerostomia: Another Name For Chronic Dry Mouth

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If you’re experiencing chronic dry mouth, you’re not the only one. Somewhere around 25% of people have this issue. You may also rightly question what this might be doing to your dental health. Here are the things that you should know.

Dry mouth is a more serious condition than many people realize. The constant feeling of thirst you have is only a symptom of a potentially greater problem. Medically known as xerostomia, dry mouth is when your saliva glands don’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moistened.

If the dry mouth doesn’t go away, it is urgent that you see a dentist. Besides lubricating your mouth, saliva plays a vital role in protecting the teeth by breaking down food and washing the particles out of your teeth. It also defends your tooth enamel from acids. Tooth decay is more likely when the saliva glands are working properly.

Sometimes the problem can be fixed by a change in diet, or by doing simple things like gum chewing or sucking on candy. If these don’t work, your dentist can prescribe artificial saliva spray to use whenever you need to moisten your mouth, and there are medications that stimulate saliva flow.

In some cases, where there is an underlying psychological or physiological cause, your dentist will recommend that you see your doctor. Dry mouth has been related to depression, anxiety, and specific autoimmune disorders. You will need an evaluation by our team before we can suggest this course of action.

Dr. Ryan Bramhall would be delighted to answer your questions regarding dry mouth. If we can help you in any way, please contact Bramhall Dental Corp. at: 760-728-2261, or drop by in Fallbrook, California.