Dry Mouth

What is it?

Xerostomia or dry mouth is a common condition that occurs when the amount of saliva in your mouth dries up.
Affects:A reduced saliva flow may lead to bad breath, cavities, oral trauma, gum disease, mouth infection and difficulty swallowing, eating or talking.
Saliva has antibacterial, digestive, mineralizing and lubricating properties.

What causes it?

Dry mouth an be caused by many factors, but medications are the biggest culprit, especially medications for anxiety, depression, or hypertension and taking multiple medications complicates matters.
Medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and Sjögren's syndrome are also associated with xerostomia.

Ways to decrease and treat dry mouth syndrome:

  • Water: Take frequent sips of water
  • Rinse : Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in two cups of water and rinse whenever your mouth feels dry.(Do nut refrigerate)
  • Xylitol lozenges

If you have a dry mouth syndrome, call our office to see our dentist to discuss the right treatment and cavity prevention options for you.