Health Hazards of Dry Mouth

For some people, dry mouth can be more than just a nuisance – it can seriously affect their oral health. That slightly sticky feeling can spell a mouthful of cavities if you’re not careful. Though it’s not unusual to experience dry mouth from time to time, chronic sufferers should not ignore the problem. To understand the dangers of dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, you need to realize the important role that saliva plays in thwarting bacterial growth and neutralizing acids. Saliva washes away food particles, helping prevent tooth decay. It also aids in swallowing and food digestion before it reaches the stomach.

Xerostomia is commonly diagnosed by dentists, who can easily detect a major lack of saliva and its effects on teeth and gums. If you’re one of the estimated 44 million Americans who suffer from persistent dry mouth, there are a few simple measures you can take to fight the problem.

Dry mouth causes & symptoms

Saliva production can vary from person to person, but chronic dry mouth can stem from a number of causes, including:

According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of dry mouth include:

How to treat dry mouth symptoms

At Chelsea Dental Aesthetics, we often recommend the following steps to prevent or reverse dry mouth symptoms that can have a severe impact on your oral health.

Tooth decay may be in advanced stages by the time dry mouth is properly diagnosed. In situations like these, Dr. David Blaustein will evaluate the causes and offer solutions to remove decay and restore oral health. Porcelain crowns are an effective option for teeth that are too damaged for fillings, and scaling and root planing are non-surgical options to restore periodontal health.

Dr. Blaustein offers a number of therapies for dry mouth treatment in his midtown Manhattan office. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call Chelsea Dental Aesthetics at 347.774.4015.

Resources:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Dry Mouth http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-mouth/basics/definition/con-20035499
  2. Healthline, Dry Mouth: The ‘Minor’ Side Effect That Can Cause Major Problems http://www.healthline.com/health-blogs/bipolar-bites/dry-mouth-minor-side-effect-can-cause-major-problems
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