Xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth, is a dental condition wherein the saliva supply is lower than what your mouth needs to maintain its healthy balance.
Saliva has multiple functions in the mouth other than as an aid to digestion. It also plays a vital role in keeping your mouth healthy.
If you think your mouth is drier than usual, call and visit Comfort Dental Centre right away. A dry mouth can cause risks to your oral health when left untreated.
Saliva is often portrayed as something icky and gross. In fact, saliva is key in keeping your mouth healthy. How? It stops bacteria from damaging your teeth.
When you brush your teeth, fluoride residue from the toothpaste is left in your saliva. This neutralises the acid formed by bacterial plaque, hence keeping your tooth enamel safe. It limits bacterial growth and washes away food particles left in the mouth.
The following are the common causes of a dry mouth. Take a look.
What you eat and what you do affect your overall wellbeing including your oral health. It’s important to be aware of and eat mouth-friendly foods to keep your mouth healthy. Failure to do so, plus practice of bad habits such as smoking, can lead to devastating oral conditions.
Xerostomia can be an effect of another health condition a person is suffering. Such conditions include HIV, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Your body needs water to maintain balance in the body and perform bodily functions properly. A lack of water causes bodily systems to fail and respond in ways such as a dry mouth.
As you age, your body slowly changes. These natural changes coupled with poor care can increase your risk of having oral health diseases including dry mouth.
Dry mouth can also be a side effect of a medication you’re taking. Medications for depression, antihistamines, high blood pressure, decongestants, and muscle relaxants are some of the conditions whose medication can cause a dry mouth.
Using illegal drugs or recreational drugs can also cause dry mouth. The use of Methamphetamine can cause dry mouth (known as “meth mouth”) and damage the teeth. Marijuana is also a drug that can cause dry mouth.
Aside from the unusual dry feeling the mouth, the following symptoms are associated with dry mouth.
As noted, it is important to treat dry mouth right away. Otherwise, it can lead to complications in the mouth such as :
At Comfort Dental Centre, we get to the bottom of your dental issues. We will determine the cause of your dry mouth first to create a comprehensive treatment plan for you.
Anything that compromises your oral health is our concern. Talk to us today !
Call (07) 5370 8865 or visit us at T204B, 32 Wises Road in Buderim.