Dry Mouth – Dunedin, FL

What causes dry mouth?

A common side effect of many medications used to treat conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or depression is a condition called dry mouth, also known as xerostomia.

Additionally, dry mouth may be a side effect of certain systemic diseases or infections. For instance, Sjogren’s syndrome is linked to patients developing tooth decay or tooth loss.

Other causes of dry mouth include side effects of certain medical treatments. For example, head and neck radiation or chemotherapy used to treat cancer have been known to damage salivary glands responsible for producing saliva. Other conditions that lead to dehydration also cause dry mouth.

How can my dentist tell if I have dry mouth?

Drs. Lepore and Dougherty, alongside their team, are trained to identify dry mouth. Additionally, we may ask what type of symptoms you may have been experiencing.

Dry mouth is a condition caused by the mouth being unable to produce enough saliva to keep the mouth wet. It can be caused by an underlying medical condition, certain medications and medical treatments, mouth breathing, tobacco use, and other factors.

Saliva is needed not only to keep the mouth moist and comfortable but it also contains antibodies that keep it clean and prevent infection. When the mouth cannot produce enough saliva, it causes a variety of complications that affect your oral health.

Some symptoms of dry mouth may include an excessively dry feeling in the mouth or throat, a dry or irritated tongue, excessive thirst, sores in the mouth, bad breath, and gum irritation. It may also cause issues with speaking or swallowing due to the excessive dryness.

If left untreated, dry mouth can result in increased plaque and calculus buildup, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. It can also cause irritation and inflammation of soft tissue.

Because dry mouth can be caused by a variety of factors, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. There are multiple options for treating dry mouth issues that your doctor will explore with you based on your unique situation.

Symptoms of dry mouth include:

  • Bad breath
  • Your throat feels dry, sore, or hoarse
  • Frequent thirst
  • You have noticed your tongue appears dry, red, or raw
  • You have experienced a burning or tingling sensation in your mouth

How does dry mouth affect my oral health?

By not producing enough saliva, which is designed to rinse your teeth and gums naturally, dry mouth can increase your risk of gum disease, mouth infections, tooth decay, or even tooth loss.

How can my dentist or medical doctor treat my dry mouth?

It may be beneficial to speak with your medical doctor to see if it is possible to put you on a new medication that does not cause dry mouth or perhaps lower the dosage.

Additionally, Dr. Lepore, Dr. Dougherty, or your dental hygienist may recommend certain treatment options best suited to your needs.

Possible Recommendations:

  • Fluoride Trays
  • Fluoride Toothpaste
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Oral Probiotics
  • Dry Mouth Spray
  • Mouth Rinses
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