Xerostomia / Dry Mouth
Don’t let a constant dry mouth affect your wellbeing
Your oral health is closely connected to your lifestyle and sometimes even common day-to-day pleasures can trigger a condition called Xerostomia.
Xerostomia or dry mouth is a common, treatable condition that can be triggered by many things including the consumption of alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, ingestion of acidic foods and drinks, dehydration or even certain medication.
It’s important to address Xerostomia because saliva plays a big role in the fight against bacteria. A consistently dry mouth can result in plaque, tooth decay and even periodontal disease.
If you are experiencing a dry mouth, lack of saliva in general, stringy or sticky saliva, have bad breath, a sour taste in your mouth and have noticed a change in the usual taste of foods, consider having a simple saliva test just to rule out Xerostomia.
Read more about Xerostomia below or pay one of our dentists a visit if you are searching for dry mouth cures.
Saliva is something we rarely need think of but when your body stops producing it, the results can be very uncomfortable. The clinical name for the chronic absence of saliva production is Xerostomis, a common, treatable complaint.
What causes Xerostomia?
A chronically dry mouth may arise from a number of factors including consumption of alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, acidic foods and drinks, dehydration or certain medication. Sometimes it can be symptomatic of decreased salivary gland function.
It is important to address a persistently dry mouth to rule out any underlying cause because saliva is a critical component of good oral health. Saliva works through neutralising acids that are produced by the bacterial plaque which are present after eating or drinking. It provides a natural barrier against the bacteria in our mouths and of course, plays an important role in helping us to break down food and lubricate the throat when we chew and swallow food.
Left untreated, Xerostomia can result in a build-up of bacteria in the gums, mouth and throat that leads to halitosis, plaque, decay and periodontal disease.
Xerostomia is diagnosed through an oral swab to collect a saliva sample for testing. Upon determining the results of the test, patients will typically be provided with new oral hygiene instruction, fluoride treatment and a personal home care plan to combat the Xerostomia.
Length of treatment will vary from case to case, depending on the severity of the condition. However, primarily treatment is usually short and non-invasive.