Do you Suffer from Dry Mouth?


Do you suffer from Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, affects many people and most are not aware that it is an actual medical condition with many potential causes and options for treatment. Signs of dry mouth include foamy saliva, sticky plaque accumulation on your teeth, the desire to constantly sip on liquids to regain moisture in your mouth, or a feeling of cotton in your mouth.  Dry mouth can be caused by a number of medical conditions or a blockage of salivary ducts and can also be a side effect of many medications or radiation therapy.

What can I do about Dry Mouth?
The first step in treating dry mouth is to identify the potential causes.  Your dentist can suggest ways to alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth. These suggestions may include over the counter saliva substitutes, gums, and lozenges that can reduce the symptoms of dry mouth.  Saliva has many elements in it that protect your teeth and oral tissues. Your dentist can also suggest products that can provide additional protection when your normal salivary function is compromised.