Dry mouth is a condition that occurs when you don’t produce enough saliva. A dry mouth can cause discomfort, pain, and a dry feeling in your mouth.
The presence of saliva in our mouths is very important. It’s a necessary part of our digestive system that breaks down our food and keeps our mouths moist and clean, protecting them from infections and tooth cavities.
Symptoms of Dry Mouth Include:
- Loss of taste
- Burning sensation
- Dry tongue
- Cracked lips
- Mouth ulcers
- Bad breath
- Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or talking
Lack of salivary production can be a result of many causes. Some of them include:
- Drugs and Medication: Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications. Consult your medical doctor if you suspect that a particular medication is causing a decrease in your salivary flow.
- Smoking: Smoking reduces saliva production and can eventually lead to dry mouth.
- Infection: Inflammation of salivary glands can restrict saliva production.
- Certain health conditions and diseases: Dry mouth can happen due to diabetes, autoimmune disorders, cystic fibrosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Radiation therapy: Dry mouth is one of the common side effects of radiation therapy.
- Other causes: Aging, nerve problems, severe dehydration, blood loss, mouth breathing, and hormone changes.
Treatment of Dry Mouth
Treatment will vary based on what causes the condition. Generally, treatments focus on managing medical conditions, saliva substitutes, dietary changes, and good oral hygiene.
If you’ve noticed persistent dry mouth signs and symptoms, request an appointment online or give us a call at 828.631.3283
David S. McGuire, DDS