When is Dry Mouth Something More?
We all know the feeling of dry mouth, most often characterized by thirst or a dry, sticky feeling in the mouth. But for some, dry mouth is more than that. Chronic dry mouth, or a lack of saliva, can actually cause sores in the mouth, cracked lips, a burning sensation in the throat, tongue or mouth, and even a red, raw tongue. Dehydration is the most common reason we think of for dry mouth, but there are many others. Dry mouth can be a side effect of certain medications, diseases or infections like gum disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, an effect of medial treatments like chemotherapy, or from lifestyle choices like smoking or chewing tobacco. Whatever the cause, dry mouth can have an impact on your daily life and can even affect your dental health. Dr. Steven Feldman and our team want to help you relieve symptoms of dry mouth and restore health when needed.
Why Treat Dry Mouth?
Beyond the painful effects of a dry mouth, a reduced amount of saliva can actually be a danger to our dental health. Saliva is needed to help clean our mouths, chew and digest food properly and prevent infection like gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, a progressive infection that if left untreated can lead to receding gums, swelling and bleeding, and tooth decay so severe a tooth extraction may be needed. Turn to our team to help prevent damage caused by dry mouth and relieve your pain!
Artificial Saliva Treatment Can Relieve Dry Mouth
Dr. Feldman offers artificial saliva substitutes to improve saliva flow which can help the salivary gland to heal. These can relieve symptoms of dry mouth and improve your dental health! We may recommend one or many of these products to you, and advise not to wait for your mouth to feel dry to use them. You can use them both morning and night:
- Spry moisturizing mouth spray
- Biotene® Dry Mouth oral rinse
- Biotene® Oral Balance gel (best at night)
- Act® dry mouth rinse, drops and spray
- Oral relief lozenges
- Hager dry mouth drops