Feel like you need to constantly wet your whistle? Drinking water is always a positive thing, but when you’re constantly grabbing your water bottle because your mouth feels dry, that’s a warning sign. Dry mouth, professionally known as xerostomia, is a serious dental problem with big associated health risks. If you’re suffering from dry mouth, getting treatment will not only protect your teeth and gums from harm but get you feeling comfortable again.
Certain individuals are more likely to experience dry mouth. If you’re on the high risk list, it’s a good idea to be extra vigilant and always check in with your dentist on schedule. Below, we’ve compiled information on common dry mouth symptoms, risk factors and home care options. If you think your mouth is feeling dry, don’t hesitate to get in touch for help.
Xerostomia Health Risks
Dry mouth might not seem serious on its own, but considering the larger ramifications makes the dangers clearer. Your teeth are constantly bathed in saliva, which is something that we can take for granted. While saliva might seem arbitrary, it’s actually performing several incredibly important jobs.
Saliva keeps the mouth moist, and helps you perform daily tasks like chewing, tasting and swallowing. But what we don’t always appreciate is how instrumental saliva is in preventing tooth decay, gum disease and other oral issues. Saliva fights bad oral bacteria to prevent enamel erosion and irritated gums, and also prevent bad breath. So when there’s not adequate saliva present, your mouth begins to suffer.
Some problems that can stem from dry mouth include:
How Can I Tell if I Have Dry Mouth?
Ask yourself the following questions, and see how many you answer with “Yes:”
If you’re unsure whether you have dry mouth, or if you notice a sudden change in your saliva level, considering some complicating factors can help you draw conclusions. There is a large number of conditions, diseases and medications that can trigger xerostomia, including
Home Care for Xerostomia
Changing some of your home habits will help improve dry mouth and keep your teeth and gums safely covered in saliva. There are also products that will help protect teeth – we detail those in the next section.
Best Products for Dry Mouth
There are many different types of dry mouth products, some of which include:
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We also offer a prescription-strength treatment called CariFree. This helps reverse the pH in your mouth to create a healthy environment for enamel. If you have dry mouth, CariFree can help regulate your mouth and prevent tooth decay. Reach out today for more information!