Usually known as dry mouth, xerostomia is the result of saliva glands not functioning effectively. Stress, nervousness, side effects of certain medications, smoking, or a consequence of disease or treatment may be some causes. To help you manage underlying medical conditions causing dry mouth, prevent tooth decay from occurring, and increase the flow of your saliva, Shiva Hogugi, DDS wants to give you the best information to treat your dry mouth.
A change may be considered by your doctor or dentist if your dry mouth is a side effect from medicine or the result of a health-related condition. They may adjust the dosage or change your prescription. If these cannot be changed, saliva flow will be the focus.
You are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease without the proper saliva flow. Although it is a natural mouth cleanser, you need to pay attention to your dental care by brushing twice daily, flossing every day, and visiting the dentist twice a year.
Artificial saliva products in the form of an over-the-counter rinse or a spray may be recommended. Moisturizing gels, toothpastes, or mouthwashes specifically formed are also available. Ask your dentist which product is best for you.
To lessen or prevent dry mouth, try some of the following:
– Keeping your mouth moist and washing away any food particles by drinking water frequently.
– Chew sugar-free candy, sugarless gum, and popsicles to help increase saliva flow.
– Foods high in salt and sugar as well as drinks containing alcohol or caffeine are useful to avoid.
– Avoid mouthwashes containing alcohol or peroxide which can make your mouth drier.
– Use a humidifier at night to increase humidity in your home.
– Quit smoking.
Contact us at 248-669-5110 here in West Bloomfield, Michigan, to find the best resolution for you. Shiva Hogugi, DDS will be happy to assist you to receive the best treatment for dry mouth.