Saliva is an integral part in the healthy living of the mouth. We need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouth, and also to help us to digest our food.
When our mouth does not produce enough saliva it gets dry and uncomfortable – this is also known as ‘Dry Mouth’
Causes of Dry Mouth
There are many causes of ‘dry mouth’ (xerostomia). These include:
- Side effects of certain medicines.
- Side effects of certain diseases and infections.
- Side effects of certain medical treatments.
- Nerve Damage.
- Surgical removal of salivary glands.
Symptoms of Dry Mouth
Symptoms common in cases of dry mouth include:
- Feeling thirsty frequently.
- A dry feeling in throat.
- Mouth sores, cracked lips.
- A dry tongue that may be red and raw.
- Difficulty tasting, chewing or swallowing.
- Bad breath.
- A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth.
Besides causing the above symptoms, dry mouth may also lead to mouth infections and tooth decay.
Help is at hand for the treatment of dry mouth. All our dental practices currently stock Biotene which relieves the symptoms of dry mouth.
Some other methods you could try are:
- Frequently sipping water.
- Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
- Visiting your dentist regularly.
- Breathing through your nose and not your mouth.
- Using a room vaporiser to add moisture to the bedroom air.
Contact us today if you are having problems with this condition.