Hygiene Corner: Dental Health and Dry Mouth

Written By Scott Dentistry on March 28, 2017

Dry Mouth

Why Do We Need Saliva?

We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food.  Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth.  When you don't make enough saliva, your mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. This can lead to increased risk for tooth decay, periodontal disease and thrush.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

Medications both prescription and non prescription including those used to treat depression, obesity, acne,   epilipsy,  hypertension, diarreah, nausea, psychotic disorder, urinary incontinence, asthma, Parkinson's disease, muscle relaxants and sedatives.

Certain Diseases including Sjogren's syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, anemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, stroke and mumps.

Medical Treatments including chemotherapy radiation to the head/neck and nerve damage to the head/neck from injury or surgery.

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Mouth?

•Sticky, dry feeling in the mouth

•Frequent thirst

•Sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth and cracked lips

•Dry feeling in the throat

•Burning or tingling sensation in the mouth; especially on the tongue

•Dry, red or raw tongue

•Problems speaking, trouble tasting, chewing and swallowing

•Sore throat or bad breathe

•Problems wearing dentures

Are There Treatment Options?

Fortunately, many treatments are available for dry mouth.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please discuss them with us at your professional cleaning appointments.  Your dental hygienist is trained to help offer solutions for your dry mouth.

Written By: Teresa Peterson, Hygienist




Posted In: blog