For one out of five adults, dry mouth is a chronic condition that leaves the mouth and the throat rough, sore, and sticky. Some victims experience hoarse voices and have trouble eating, swallowing, talking, or wearing dentures. They may be vulnerable to sores and yeast infections and their teeth are prone to decay.
In most cases, dry mouth is the result of drug therapy including those used to treat depression, anxiety, and hypertension. Other medications with this side effect may include antihistamines, antispasmodics, decongestants, and muscle relaxants. Dry mouth creates a risk of tooth decay and nutritional deficiencies. Sufferers cannot tolerate spicy or acidic foods like fruit juice, or foods that require a lot of chewing like vegetables and cereal.
WE TREAT YOUR SYMPTOMS TO REDUCE RISK
If you suffer from dry mouth, you are at greater risk of both cavities and gum disease. Most importantly, let us know at your next visit. We may suggest a special rinse or different oral hygiene techniques.To decrease dry mouth or the problems associated with it: avoid spicy foods, avoid alcohol and smoking, use sugar-free gum and candy to stimulate saliva flow, eat soft foods moistened with sauce or gravy, drink a lot of fluids or suck on sugarless Popsicles, breathe through your nose and avoid mouth-breathing, use a humidifier, and rinse your mouth with lemon diluted in water or glycerin.