Xerostomia is more than just a useful word for Scrabble® (although it certainly is that). Actually, it is the medical term for a condition known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition in which your body does not make enough saliva to keep your mouth hydrated. Saliva keeps your mouth moist and washes away the acids and food debris that cause tooth decay and other problems. It also helps you to process your food to make it easier to swallow and digest. Some of the symptoms include a sticky feeling in your mouth, dry lips or tongue, increased cavities, and bad breath.
Dry mouth can be caused by a number of things. Some medications for high blood pressure and depression, or antihistamines and decongestants, can contribute to dry mouth. If you have HIV/AIDS or Parkinson’s, you may experience dry mouth. Tobacco and caffeine use can cause dry mouth, as well. If you are experiencing the symptoms of dry mouth, you should talk with our dentist, Dr. Scott Chandler. Our dentist may want to talk to your primary care physician about adjusting your medication or changing your course of treatment. Or, you may just need to drink more water, or try chewing sugarless gum to stimulate your salivary glands. In some cases, your dentist may prescribe a medication or artificial saliva to solve the problem.
If you are having issues with dry mouth, and you live in the Payson, Utah, area, you can plan your visit to our office by calling 801-465-1810. We look forward to seeing you soon!