Does your mouth ever feel like the Sahara desert? Are your speech or eating habits being affected by your lack of saliva? You are not alone. It is estimated that 65% of Americans will suffer from Xerostomia or, more commonly known as dry mouth. Saliva has many important functions, including washing away food and bacteria, production of digestive enzymes, and aiding in chewing, talking and swallowing. Identifying dry mouth symptoms will help to prevent the detrimental risks or effects it can have on the entire body.
Dry Mouth Symptoms
- Difficulty swallowing or talking
- Red gums or cheeks
- Increased risk of cavities
- Bad breath
- Sticky feeling in mouth
Dry Mouth Treatment
There are many remedies to help alleviate dry mouth symptoms. Depending on the degree of severity, some dry mouth sufferers may be able to get relief from more simple solutions. If you experience prolonged mouth dryness, in combination with dry eyes, you should visit your family physician as this may be early signs of an immune disorder called Sjogren ’s syndrome.
- Frequents sips of water
- Sucking on lozenges or chewing gum
- Biotene products
- Depending on severity, there are prescription medications you can obtain from your family physician to help stimulate saliva. If you believe this may be you, speak with your dentist first to discuss more conservative options.
It will also help your risk of cavities if you…
- Brush and floss more regularly
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash
Speak with us if you have any questions about dry mouth!