You probably know that if you don’t care for your teeth well, you may find yourself with gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Similarly, you know that if you have crooked teeth, you may need braces. However, did you know that a dry mouth is an issue you may deal with? When you have dry mouth, plaque and tooth decay can thrive and result in chronic bad breath.
There are many different factors that can lead to dry mouth, including some medications. Both prescription and nonprescription drugs can cause dry mouth, including those used to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, and colds (antihistamines and decongestants), or diuretics. In addition, smoking and dehydration can also cause dry mouth, as they diminish saliva production.
There are a few things you can do to recognize chronic dry mouth. If you have dry mouth, you may constantly feel thirsty, or feel like your lips are dry. You may also feel sores form in your mouth, or have a dry throat, red tongue, bad breath, and trouble swallowing. If you notice any of these issues, we recommend contacting our team as soon as possible.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do about dry mouth—though the selection you’ll need will depend on the cause of the problem. If your condition is caused because your salivary glands aren’t working, certain medications may help. Our dentist might recommend artificial saliva to keep your mouth wet.
If you think that you may be suffering from dry mouth, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our dentist, Dr. William G. Kaylakie. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have and examine the condition of your mouth. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact William G. Kaylakie DMD at [pone]. We are always ready to help restore your confident, healthy smile!