Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Causes, Impact, and Oral Care Solutions
Addressing Dry Mouth for Optimal Oral Comfort
Dry mouth, medically known as xerostomia, is a condition characterised by insufficient saliva production. At Care For Smiles, we understand the impact of dry mouth on oral health and offer solutions to alleviate discomfort and protect your teeth.
Understanding Dry Mouth
What is Xerostomia?
Xerostomia is a condition where the salivary glands fail to produce enough saliva to keep the mouth adequately moist.
Common Signs of Dry Mouth
- Persistent dry or sticky feeling in the mouth.
- Difficulty swallowing or speaking.
- Bad breath.
- Increased tooth decay or cavities.
- Sore throat or hoarseness.
Causes and Impact of Dry Mouth
- Medications: Various medications, including antihypertensives and antidepressants, may contribute to dry mouth.
- Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or Sjogren’s syndrome, can lead to xerostomia.
- Dehydration: Inadequate fluid intake can result in decreased saliva production.
- Nerve Damage: Nerve damage to the head and neck area may impact salivary gland function.
- Increased Cavities: Reduced saliva can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities.
- Oral Infections: Dry mouth may contribute to oral infections and discomfort.
- Difficulty Chewing and Swallowing: Insufficient saliva makes chewing and swallowing less efficient.
Our Approach to Managing Dry Mouth
Dr. Rishay Naidoo will conduct a thorough examination to assess the extent of dry mouth and identify contributing factors.
Identification of Causes
Understanding the underlying causes of dry mouth is crucial for effective management. This may involve a review of medications or additional diagnostic tests.
Personalised Treatment Plan
A customised treatment plan will be developed to address the specific factors contributing to your dry mouth.
The use of saliva substitutes or artificial saliva products may be recommended to provide relief and maintain oral moisture.
Dr. Rishay may offer lifestyle advice, including increased water intake, sugar-free gum, or dietary changes to support saliva production.
Tips for Managing Dry Mouth
- Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain adequate saliva production.
- Chew Sugar-Free Gum or Candy: Chewing gum or candies can stimulate saliva flow.
- Avoid Caffeine and Tobacco: These substances can contribute to dry mouth. Limit their consumption.
- Use a Humidifier: Especially at night, using a humidifier can add moisture to the air and alleviate dry mouth symptoms.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you’re experiencing dry mouth and its associated discomfort, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rishay Naidoo at Care For Smiles. Our tailored approach to managing xerostomia will help restore oral comfort and protect your dental health.
Contact us at (03) 9482 1100 or visit our clinic at 254 Darebin Road, Fairfield, Victoria 3078, Australia.