Dry Mouth decreases production of saliva causing your mouth to feel dry and irritated. Dry mouth can cause difficulty speaking, chewing and swallowing. Other symptoms of dry mouth include burning sensation, frequent bad breath, a dry throat and reduced sense of taste. Though some patients think dry mouth is not a serious condition, it may be a sign of more complex dental and health concerns. Contact Sandy Springs dentists Dr. Maria Benefield and Dr. Alan Weinstein if you believe you are experiencing symptoms due to dry mouth.
Dry mouth is caused by a decrease in saliva production in the salivary glands. Saliva is a natural defense against plaque buildup and helps in controlling bacteria growth. Saliva keeps your mouth moist, washes away debris and neutralize acids. Saliva helps to keep your mouth clean and healthy. The lack of saliva flow in your mouth can lead to food and bacteria build up on your teeth. Without abundant saliva, your mouth becomes more susceptible to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
What Could Be Causing My Dry Mouth
Medications: It’s estimated that there are over 500 medications that indicate dry mouth as a side effect. Diuretics, high blood pressure medication and medications for pain and anxiety are some of the common prescription drugs that cause dry mouth. If you have started a new medication and notice an increase in cavities, this may be a result of dry mouth.
Life Changes: Menopause, pregnancy and other dramatic hormonal shifts can cause dry mouth. During these life changes it is a good idea to schedule a dentist appointment with Dr. Benefield to discuss the signs of dry mouth or deteriorating oral health. Early diagnosis can help prevent the need for complex restorative dental procedures down the road.
Smoking: Smoking of any variety can cause dry mouth, oral cancer and tooth decay. If you are a smoker or use tobacco, be sure to visit our Sandy Springs dentist office for preventive oral cancer screenings.
Stimulate Saliva For Dry Mouth Relief
There are a few simple remedies to help alleviate dry mouth that can also help to stimulate saliva production. Always consult with Sandy Springs dentist Dr.Benefield or Dr. Weinstein and your medical doctor before starting any new oral health care routine. It is always important to discuss any medications you are on with your dentist.
Try out some of these tips for some relief from dry mouth.
- Stay Hydrated
- Chew Sugar Free Gum
- Avoid Acidic Beverage- Coffee, Juice, Tea
- Use a Humidifier At Night
- Do Not Smoke
A daily oral hygiene routine and frequently scheduled visits to our Sandy Springs dentist office can help keep your smile functional, healthy and beautiful.