Are you familiar with dry mouth? Have you ever suffered from the condition before? Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, results when your mouth is not producing enough saliva. If saliva flow is hindered, it can be caused by a medical disorder, an underlying disease, or another issue within your body.
The most common causes of dry mouth are linked to medications you may be taking. If you are taking an antihistamine, painkillers, diuretics or decongestants, they can often produce dry mouth as a side effect. Thus, it is important to exercise caution with any medications you may be taking and set up effective protection treatment plans as needed.
Another common risk factor for dry mouth is known as Sjogren’s Syndrome. This is a rare autoimmune disease that can affect the glands in your body responsible for producing saliva. A downturn in saliva can lead to gum disease, cavities, a sore throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing as well as issues chewing food properly. For additional help for limiting the effects of dry mouth or protecting your smile in the future, consult with our dentists.
If you are ready to see what dry mouth prevention treatments can do to enhance your oral health, please come visit Smile Savers. Our dentists in Woodside, New York, Drs. Bhagat and Islam, and our team can be reached at 718-956-8400.