Dry Mouth – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Posted on : 20-05-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Saliva keep mouth moistened. It also keeps mouth cleanse and helps digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by killing bacteria and fungi in the mouth. If enough volume of saliva is not produced, mouth gets dry and scratchy.

 

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Dry mouth is just the start. If the mouth is constantly dry, it may lead to gum infections and more serious conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Causes of Dry Mouth

Dry mouth may be due to several reasons:

  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Dehydration
  • Side effects of certain medicines
  • Damage to salivary glands
  • Nerve damage

 

Symptoms of Dry Mouth

Some signs of Dry Mouth are:

  • Sticky or dry feeling in mouth
  • Sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth
  • Cracked lips
  • Frequent thirst
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty in speaking or swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Mouth infection

 

Treatment of Dry Mouth

 

  • Drink plenty of water to keep mouth wet
  • Using sugar free hard candy or chewing gum
  • Avoid alcohol or peroxide containing mouth washes
  • Avoid salty foods
  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine containing drinks
  • Practice good oral health habits
  • Prevent tooth decay

 

You should consult your dentist if you find any symptom of Dry Mouth.

For further detailes take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi

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