• Dry Mouth

DRY MOUTH

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia is a dental condition that affects the production and flow of saliva, making you experience dryness in your mouth.

Saliva moistens your mouth, aids in the breakdown and swallow of foods — it also functions as a cleanser; lubricating the insides of the mouth and teeth, it also fights tooth decay, and helps to keep the teeth clean.

How do I know I have dry mouth?

The signs of dry mouth are numerous: there may be some sensitivity to certain foods and a burning sensation in the mouth. In other cases, you may feel your saliva become so thick and sticky that you experience difficulty speaking or swallowing.

Some persons may have a sore mouth and may stand a higher chance of having gum disease or tooth decay. Some other persons can observe their mouth becoming shiny and reddish.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you do not need to panic, because it may not be that you have xerostomia. You should consult your dentist for advice.

What Is The Cause Of A Dry Mouth?

Different problems arise with dry mouth as a symptom — which you can experience in the course of age. Often, dry mouth is a side effect of taking anti-depressants, and medications for blood pressure and a heart condition. Your dentist or doctor can better advise you on the impact of your drug. Medical treatment like a head or neck surgery or radiotherapy can give rise to a dry mouth.

Sometimes, a dry mouth can be an immediate effect of medical conditions such as blocked salivary glands, Sjogren's syndrome, diabetes, and lupus.

Are Women Susceptible To Dry Mouth?

Women experiencing menopause may have a dry mouth —other women who are past the age of menopause and are on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also be affected with dry mouth. If your medications are causing you to experience symptoms of dry mouth, then consult your doctor for a possible change in medication.

Can Dry Mouth Be Prevented?

Sadly, there is no preventative measure for the dry mouth, but there are products that can relieve its symptoms. You can talk to our dentist at Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic on Harley Street, London. Or you can call us on 02071830755 to book an appointment.

What Are The Problems Associated With Dry Mouth?

The saliva in your mouth fights against the acid that tries to destroy your teeth, and this is a vital aspect of your oral health. Most importantly, saliva fights tooth decay, including the bacteria that form dental plaque and gum disease. A reduction in the quantity of saliva in your mouth will also affect your taste buds and make it difficult for you to eat dehydrated foods. Your speech can also be affected sometimes, and bacteria can set in as well.

Are There Products That Can Help Control Dry Mouth?

Yes. A good number of dental products are available on the market to help keep your mouth moist and relaxed — they usually come in the form of sprays or gels. Some of these products contain extra ingredients that may aid the prevention of tooth and gum issues. Unique products such as toothpaste and mouthwash are also available for your daily use.

If I Have Dry Mouth, How Often Should I See My Dentist?

For people with dry mouth, there is an increased risk of having tooth decay and gum disease. Besides, a dry mouth can worsen over time — it is crucial to have a routine dental checkup. Your dentist can also schedule a regular check-up for you.

Ways To Ease Symptoms Of Dry Mouth

There are different ways to cut back on the symptoms of dry mouth. Short term solutions include chewing sugar-free gums, or sipping water regularly — using products that are not sugary helps a lot because dry mouth may progress into tooth decay. Also, your dentist may recommend that you use products like tablets, pastes, gels, and mouth wash.

Which Toothpaste Is Suitable Is I Have Dry Mouth

Using a fluoride toothpaste which has a minimum of 1350 - 1500ppm (parts per million) fluoride is crucial.  A ‘complete care’ type of toothpaste may also be right as it contains antibacterial agents and other active ingredients that prevent the formation of plaque.

Certain products containing Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) can irritate some people with dry mouth and worsen the condition. Do visit your dentist for the most suitable toothpaste for you.

What Is The Role Of My Dentist In Preventing Problems That Arise With Dry Mouth

The cause of your dry mouth may not be adequately diagnosed by your dentist. However, by providing a complete guide on how to clean your mouth and the use of fluoride, your dentist can help you lower the risk of developing tooth decay. They can also advise you on how best to care for your mouth and what to eat or avoid.

For more enquiries, you can contact Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic on Harley Street, London or you can call us on 02071830755 today.