Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)
Lack of adequate flow of saliva causes this condition.
Saliva is the clear fluid produced by the salivary glands. Saliva washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, providing primary protection against microbial attack or overgrowth that might lead to disease.
Dry Mouth can cause by Dehydration, some Medications, Cancer treatments, Nerve damage, Disease(Sjogren’s syndrome, Diabetes, Parkinson, HIV, Hepatitis C, Sarcoidosis, hyperparathyroidism, Alzheimer, anemia, stroke, mumps, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension and cystic fibrosis.), Psychogenic causes, Poor oral hygiene and fungal infection of the mouth.
Some of the common problems associated with dry mouth include a constant sore throat, burning sensation, trouble speaking, difficulty swallowing, dry nasal passages.
Without saliva, extensive tooth decay can also occur. Our dentist can recommend various methods to restore moisture. Sugar-free candy or gum stimulates saliva flow, and moisture can be replaced by using artificial saliva and oral rinses.