What is xerostomia?
Xerostomia is also known as chronic dry mouth. This dental health condition involves a constant feeling of dry mouth that is not only uncomfortable, but can also have adverse effects on your oral health. Our Aventura dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, recommends treating xerostomia to prevent the dental health issues that come with chronic dry mouth.
What causes dry mouth?
Xerostomia is not as simple as needing a drink of water. Chronic dry mouth is usually a side effect of certain medications both prescribed and over-the-counter. Xerostomia can also be a result of snoring or sleeping with your mouth open. This is why many patients who suffer from sleep apnea also suffer from chronic dry mouth.
What are the symptoms of dry mouth?
Xerostomia can make your mouth feel constantly uncomfortable even when drinking water. Dry mouth can also cause bad breath, perhaps the most common symptom of xerostomia. Foul mouth odors often accompany a lack of saliva because your mouth relies on your spit to wash away food particles and odor-causing bacteria. With insufficient saliva, your teeth are also more susceptible to enamel erosion. As a result, chronic dry mouth can include symptoms of increased cavities.
What are some treatments for dry mouth?
Our Aventura dentist offers help for patients with xerostomia with dental checkups. At these dental exams, Dr. Garg can check for signs of dry mouth, determine the cause of xerostomia, and develop a treatment plan. For instance, if certain medications are causing your lack of saliva, we may recommend speaking to your doctor about alternatives. In addition, treatment of snoring or sleep apnea can help alleviate dry mouth.
Treating Dry Mouth in Aventura
For more information about preventing xerostomia and alleviating irritation and bad breath, contact our Aventura dentist, Dr. Arun Garg. Call The Center for Complete Dentistry at 305-935-4991. You can make appointments conveniently online as well.