The Basics: Dry Mouth

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Are you aware of the issues associated with a downturn in saliva flow in your mouth? This is what is known as dry mouth condition. If you are suffering from dry mouth, also commonly referred to as xerostomia, it means that you have an inadequate flow of saliva in your mouth. This can be a severe oral health problem because if your mouth is not producing enough saliva or doesn’t have enough saliva to wash away debris and bacteria, you could be at an increased risk for several oral health problems.

Are you familiar with all the risks associated with dry mouth? Dry mouth is an issue in which your mouth is simply not producing enough saliva to compliment your oral health care. Dry mouth, also known xerostomia, can lead to several other risk factors due to a downturn in your saliva production. This can include risks such as gum disease and tooth decay.

It is important to understand the risk factors for dry mouth, so it can be treated effectively. For instance, medications often produce dry mouth as a side effect. This can include antihistamines, painkillers, and many others. Be aware of any medications you’re taking and speak with our dentist if they are known risk factors for dry mouth.

If you do happen to suffer from dry mouth, it can lead to issues with an increased risk of cavities, sore throat, as well as breathing, chewing, and eating difficulties. However, even if the known risk factors for dry mouth are taken care of, it could be linked to an underlying condition such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, which inadvertently attacks the glands in your body making you less likely to develop saliva naturally.

Do you wish to learn more about dry mouth and its effect on your smile? If so, please call 509-747-4242 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michelle Metcalf at our office in Spokane, Washington, for your oral health care treatments. Our expert team’s here to help you get a healthy smile of your dreams!