Have you been noticing that you are having difficulty chewing, talking, or swallowing, along with a change in taste? If so, these are all conditions of dry mouth, a common condition where saliva production is decreased by the salivary glands in the mouth. Saliva is necessary to a healthy mouth, as it neutralizes acids produced by bacteria and limits bacterial growth. It also washes away food particles and helps you to swallow. In addition to enhancing your ability to taste, it also helps your digestion. In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, dry mouth may also cause the following:
–Dryness in the mouth and throat
–Thick or stringy saliva
–Difficulty wearing dentures
–Increase in tooth decay
–Gum disease or irritate, red, or swollen gums
To help you relieve dry mouth, you can do the following:
–Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies.
–Cut back on caffeine.
–Cut back on alcohol, and use a non-alcohol mouthwash such as Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse.
–Limit over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants which can worsen your symptoms.
–Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco.
–Avoid breathing through the mouth and use a room air humidifier while you sleep.
–Sip water frequently throughout the day.
If these solutions don’t make a difference, see one of our three skilled dentists, Dr. Todd Resek, Dr. Howard Nader, or Dr. Matthew Sackour to rule out any underlying health issues. If you are on medications are the culprit for your dry mouth, you may need to stop or change your medication or alter the dosage. If you have any questions or concerns, please give our team at Oakmont Family Dentists a call today at 412-828-3311!