Dry Mouth

One of the Primary Complaints in the Dental Office is Dry Mouth or Xerostomia.

Many of us don’t think about it, but when we don’t have enough saliva it can cause problems such as:

  • Teeth absorbing fewer minerals like calcium and fluoride that are needed to keep teeth strong
  • Causing difficulties in tasting, chewing, swallowing, and speaking
  • Increasing your chance of developing dental decay and other infections in the mouth
  • Increasing the likelihood that lesions will develop in the mouth

There are many causes of dry mouth, some of which are:

  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Chemotherapy
  • Head & neck radiation
  • Sjögren syndrome
  • Snoring or breathing open mouthed
  • Health problems, such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes

Sources:
FDA - Consumer Health Information: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/UCM254511.pdf
American Dental Association - Health Topics: http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/xerostomia
National Institute of Health - Dental and Craniofacial Research: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/DryMouth/DryMouth.htm