Dry Mouth – Not Just a Nuisance | Sahand Zomorrodian DMD

Best Dentist Schaumburg

The normal flow of saliva serves multiple important functions in maintaining oral health. Saliva helps in swallowing, initiates digestion, and protects teeth by neutralizing acids, sugars, and food particles. However, occasional dry mouth, or xerostomia, can occur due to factors like hot weather, exercise, or dehydration. While temporary dry mouth is common, chronic dry mouth can lead to serious oral health issues.

Common oral health problems associated with chronic dry mouth include:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Oral yeast infections
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • Constant sore throat
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Discomfort with dentures

Chronic dry mouth is often caused by medications, with over 400 prescription and over-the-counter drugs listing dry mouth as a common side effect. Additionally, stress, autoimmune diseases, hormonal changes, cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy, and salivary gland diseases can contribute to dry mouth.

Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate dry mouth:

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Use sugar-free candies or gum to stimulate saliva production
  • Consider artificial saliva products recommended by your doctor or dentist
  • Use alcohol-free mouthwash to keep your mouth moist
  • Limit consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air at home
  • Only make changes to your medication under the direction of your doctor

Regular brushing and flossing are crucial in preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications associated with dry mouth. If you’re experiencing dry mouth, schedule an appointment with Smile Pro Studio and be sure to inform our team. We’ll review your medications and conduct a thorough dental exam to address any potential underlying oral health issues.

For more information about dry mouth and its treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Your oral health is our priority, and we’re here to help you maintain a healthy, comfortable smile.

Smile Pro Studio of Schaumburg
Phone: (847) 437-3533
1701 Woodfield Rd Suite 510,
Schaumburg, IL 60173