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Dry mouth occurs when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, leaving you with an uncomfortable dry sensation. This condition can be caused by a wide range of factors, ranging from stress and anxiety to certain medications and health conditions. In this article, we’re taking a look at the reasons you may experience dry mouth, what symptoms this condition can cause, and how to avoid the discomfort of dry mouth.
Dry mouth - also known as Dry Mouth Syndrome or xerostomia - occurs when the salivary glands in your mouth don’t produce enough saliva. As a result, your mouth feels dry or parched. In addition to this dry sensation in the mouth, dry mouth can also cause other symptoms including bad breath, a dry throat and cracked lips.
While dry mouth isn’t a serious medical condition on its own, it can sometimes indicate an underlying health problem which will require further treatment. What’s more, if dry mouth is left untreated, it can lead to oral health complications such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Dry mouth can be caused by a wide range of factors, including:
If you’re experiencing dry mouth, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
You should talk to your dentist or doctor if you have ongoing symptoms of dry mouth. Your doctor can review any medications you’re taking in order to identify whether they are the cause of your dry mouth, as well as perform blood tests and measure the amount of saliva you produce.
If you’ve experienced persistent dry mouth, your National Dental Care Group dentist will be able to check for signs of tooth decay and identify any underlying oral health issues which may be causing your dry mouth.
In most cases, dry mouth is a temporary and treatable condition. The following tips can help you to alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth and prevent this condition from occurring:
In addition, it’s important to stay up to date with your regular dental check-ups in order to prevent and treat any oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease which can result from dry mouth.
If your dry mouth is caused by an underlying medical condition, talk to your doctor about specific treatment options and long-term management.
To speak to your dentist about dry mouth, make an appointment with your local National Dental Care Group practice today. You can Book Online now.
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