What is Dry Mouth and How Does it Affect My Teeth?

Dry Mouth

What is Dry Mouth?

Known clinically as xerostomia, dry mouth is an oral condition in which the salivary glands are not able to produce an adequate amount of saliva.

Saliva acts as a natural lubricant ,a neutralizer that  protects the surface of the teeth from harmful and erosive acids, washes away bacteria and food debris, and helps protect the enamel.

When there is not enough saliva present in the mouth, the following symptoms may arise:

Aside from being extremely uncomfortable and at times painful, dry mouth can be detrimental to not only your oral health but your overall health, as well.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth can be caused by a number of things, but the most common causes are:

Dry Mouth Treatment Options

The treatment method for your dry mouth condition will be dependent on why you have developed dry mouth in the first place.

Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your medical history in length to identify the root cause of your condition.

If it is determined that prescription medications you are taking have caused the dry mouth, your dentist will recommend that you speak with the doctor that prescribed the medication. If the medication is not something that can be stopped or switched, your dentist may prescribe something for you.

If your dry mouth condition has been caused by an infected salivary gland, you will be prescribed antibiotics to help clear the infection.

If a health condition that you have has caused the dry mouth, it is likely that your dentist will work with your general doctor to determine what the condition is and how to best approach the situation.

Depending on your personal situation and health history, you may be prescribed an oral rinse such as Biotene that will help with saliva production, a prescription medication designed to stimulate the salivary glands, or topical fluoride treatments.

How to Prevent Dry Mouth

Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help prevent dry mouth from developing:

Willow Glen Dental Center: Here to Help

If you are experiencing dry mouth, Willow Glen Dental Center is here to help.

For more information about dry mouth treatment in San Jose or to get scheduled for an examination, give us a call anytime at (408) 266-6144.

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