Dry Mouth | Dentist Torrensville Dry mouth or Xerostomia, is a condition related to saliva production. In it, the salivary glands in the mouth do not produce the amount of saliva needed to keep your mouth wet.

If you have a dry mouth condition, your oral health is at risk. Call and visit your Western Clinic Dental dentist right away to begin treatment. The earlier you take action, the faster the problem can be eliminated.

Dry Mouth: Definition, Cause, And Symptoms

Contrary to popular belief, saliva is not all gross and icky. Your saliva helps your teeth and oral health in a number of ways. It prevents tooth decay by neutralising the acid produced by the bacteria in the mouth. With neutralised acid, your tooth enamel is safe. With the fluoride left in the saliva from your toothbrush, saliva limits bacterial growth and washes away food particles.

Enzymes in the saliva also aid in digestion and enhance taste and ability to chew and swallow.

Cause

A dry mouth can be caused by one of the following:

Medications.

Dry mouth is a common side effect of certain medications, including OTC ones. These medications include those for depression, high blood pressure, antihistamines, muscle relaxants, and decongestants. In this case, dry mouth usually passes after you stop taking the medications.

Old age.

As you age, your body processes change. These natural changes, coupled with poor care, can increase your risk to contact diseases such as a dry mouth.

Lifestyle.

What you eat and your other habits affect your wellbeing. People who drink and smoke, for instance, are more at risk of having a dry mouth. Chewing tobacco is also not bad for oral health.

Dehydration.

When your body lacks the right amount of water in its system, it responds in many ways including a dry mouth. Fever, vomiting, and blood loss can also lead to a dry mouth.

Drug use.

The use of drugs for recreation can also cause a dry mouth. Methamphetamine use can lead to dry mouth and teeth damage, also known as “meth mouth”. The use of Marijuana can also cause a dry mouth.

Health conditions.

Dry mouth can also be accompanied by another medical condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Symptoms

If you feel that your mouth is more dry than normal and experience the following symptoms, then call your dentist right away.

The following are the symptoms of a dry mouth:

  • Sticky feeling in the mouth or throat
  • Bad breath
  • Cracked lips
  • Mouth sores
  • Dry tongue
  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Gum irritation
  • Trouble chewing, swallowing, and speaking

Complications: Why Is It Important To Treat Dry Mouth?

If left untreated, a dry mouth can cause:

  • Mouth sores
  • Increased plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease
  • Bad breath
  • Cracked lips
  • Thrush

Dry Mouth Treatment At Western Clinic Dental

Treatment involves determining the cause of your dry mouth.   For instance, if it is caused by your medication, your doctor might have to change your medicine.

At Western Clinic Dental, we treat this dental condition with care and urgency before it can compromise your oral health.

Learn more about our comprehensive treatments for dry mouth by talking with us. Our team is more than happy to discuss your condition and options with you.

Call us at 0412 071 074 or request your appointment online today!