Xerostomia (zeer-o-STOE-me-uh), or Dry Mouth, is caused when the salivary glands don’t create enough saliva to properly lubricated keep the mouth. Aging, medication and cancer treatment involving radiation frequently cause dry mouth. In some cases, this condition can also be the result of factors which directly impact salivary glands.
Saliva is a necessary and helpful feature of the body. It washes away particles of food, limiting the growth of bacteria, which helps to stop tooth decay. It makes the process of chewing and swallowing easier and increases taste. Digestion is also assisted by the enzymes found in Saliva.
The result of less saliva and dry mouth can range from a minor inconvenience to a major issue that can affect your appetite and the health of your teeth and gums, as well as your general overall health.
If you’re experiencing any of the following indicators of a lack of saliva, either frequently or constantly, you may have dry mouth:
Thick and stringy saliva
Difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing
Dry or sore throat and hoarseness
Dry nasal passages
Burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and tongue
Dry or grooved tongue
A changed sense of taste
Problems wearing dentures
If you're experiencing any signs and symptoms of dry mouth, make an appointment with us today.