All about Dry Mouth

All about Dry Mouth

Do you ever feel as if your mouth is always parched, no matter how much water you drink? If so, this could be a symptom of dry mouth, rather than a sign that you are dehydrated. While dry mouth, or xerostomia, may sound like a simple condition, it can have a serious impact on your oral health. Here is an overview of dry mouth and how your Tucson dentist can treat this condition.

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

The most common symptom of dry mouth is right there in its name—a feeling that the mouth is too dry. It’s also possible for the mouth to feel sticky or for saliva to feel too thick. Other symptoms of dry mouth include chronic bad breath, difficulty swallowing, and a sore throat. Dry mouth can also affect the tongue, causing it to become grooved or affect your sense of taste.

Causes of Dry Mouth

There are a number of factors that can result in dry mouth. For example, regular use of tobacco products or the consumption of alcohol can affect saliva production, resulting in dry mouth. It’s also very common for medications to cause dry mouth as a side effect. Certain health conditions, such as nerve damage near the mouth, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders, can also result in dry mouth.

Treatment of Dry Mouth

If you believe that you may be suffering from dry mouth, the first step that you should take is scheduling an appointment with your dentist. This will give you a chance to discuss your symptoms. After that, your dentist will examine your mouth and review your dry mouth risk factors with you. Your dentist will then be able to recommend a treatment, such as a prescription mouthwash or artificial saliva. Your dentist may also recommend that you talk to your doctor about switching any medications that you currently take.

At the office of John Carson, DDS, PC, we offer comprehensive dental services to the Tucson community. For more information, call us at (520) 514-7203.