Dry mouth is a common condition that can result from several different causes. Though most people who suffer from dry mouth consider it nothing more than uncomfortable and inconvenient, this condition can cause significant dental issues if left untreated. If you are experiencing dry mouth symptoms, seek a general or cosmetic dentist for help.
What causes dry mouth?
Dry mouth most often occurs as a side effect of medication usage. Healthcare providers prescribe drugs for conditions such as anxiety, depression, allergies, and high blood pressure that can also inadvertently produce dry mouth. Chemotherapy drugs can induce this condition as well. Other non-medication causes include tobacco usage, nerve damage, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and HIV/AIDS.
What are the symptoms of dry mouth?
Though dryness in the mouth is the most obvious symptom of dry mouth, it is far from the only sign of this condition. Those who suffer from dry mouth may develop sores, cracked lips, or split skin at the corners of the mouth. Sometimes it may cause a sore throat or bad breath. In more severe cases, individuals may have difficulty swallowing or speaking, or they may develop a fungal infection in the mouth. As previously mentioned, dry-mouth sufferers can also experience dental problems. Normally, saliva aids in washing away harmful bacteria and preventing cavities and gum disease. When someone who has dry mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva to accomplish these tasks, the result is increased plaque, tooth decay, and gum issues.
What are the remedies for dry mouth?
If you believe that a prescription is the cause of your condition, consult your doctor about switching to an alternate medication that may not produce such adverse side effects. Should your dry mouth symptoms include a higher occurrence of cavities or gum disease, your general or cosmetic dentistry practitioner may be able to provide you with a special nocturnal fluoride treatment. If available, your dentist can fit you with a mouthguard apparatus that will decrease your risk of tooth decay.
Serving patients in the greater New York City region, Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. provides experienced assistance for those who suffer from dry mouth syndrome. Dr. Kakosian also offers patients a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including Invisalign and teeth whitening. To schedule an appointment, call us at (212) 661-0949.