What to Do About Dry Mouth?
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Saliva isn’t just a liquid in your mouth, like water. It is an indispensable part of your oral health. Saliva is a complex liquid that comes from the blood. It has some of the properties of blood, including the ability to heal the mouth as well as antimicrobial agents that protect the mouth and gums from disease and other issues. Having a lack of, or lowered amount of saliva can be a real problem. The immune response in the mouth is greatly diminished and not treating dry mouth can cause oral infections, tooth decay and gum disease. Dry mouth can also make it difficult to wear dentures.
Experienced Treatment for Dry Mouth
Dr. Feldman is able to treat dry mouth as well as treat oral issues caused by lack of saliva in the mouth. If you currently have dry mouth, you should come in to see Dr. Feldman and get a full examination to find out if there are other problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay or oral infections. Dr. Feldman provides treatment to immediately relieve the dry mouth as well as to help restore the natural function of the saliva glands.
Causes of Dry Mouth
Medications, such as anti-depressants, antihistamines, pain medicines, diuretics, and many more, can cause dry mouth. The salivary glands get stressed from the medication and stop producing saliva. Medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy also cause it. Certain conditions, such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, hypertension, nerve damage and dehydration, also can have dry mouth as a side effect.
Treating Dry Mouth
For relief from temporary dry mouth as a result of public speaking or an acute illness, there are over-the-counter saliva substitutes available at most health food stores. We also provide several products in our office that we know are effective.
If your dry mouth is chronic, you might need more comprehensive treatment. In any case, with a chronic dry-mouth condition, it is advisable to get a full evaluation of your oral health. Dr. Feldman will give you a treatment plan, including treatment of any of the side effects of dry mouth such as gum disease and oral infection. Often, treatment will help restore most of the natural function of your mouth’s salivary gland. In more advanced cases a referral to a local physician (Rheumatologist) may be necessary. Our goal is to help our patients, through accurate diagnostics, improve their oral health.
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