Xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth, is a condition resulting from inadequate salivary flow. Although it is not a disease per se, dry mouth is often a symptom of an existing medical disorder or a side effect of certain drugs. Here at our South Brunswick dental practice, we have helped patients deal with dry mouth and the common problems associated with it.
What’s Wrong With Dry Mouth?
Your saliva plays a large role in maintaining optimum oral health through neutralizing acids produced by bacteria in your mouth, most of which are from the food you eat. By and large, your saliva is your first line of defense against microbial invasion which could lead to disease. In addition, tooth decay could result from prolonged low saliva production.
So what could possibly lead to dry mouth?
As mentioned earlier, certain drugs could inhibit the production of saliva. Here’s a list of drugs known to cause dry mouth.
2. Autoimmune diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome, HIV, and Graft-versus-Host disease.
The immune system is thought to attack moisture-producing glands in the aforementioned diseases, including the salivary glands.
3. Hormonal changes
Dry mouth has been associated with hormonal shifts, particularly in women during pregnancy and menopause.
4. Depression, anxiety, and stress
5. Radiation treatment at the head and neck areas.
Radiation therapy in these areas could accidentally include the salivary glands, leading to either temporary or permanent damage.
Do you frequently experience dry mouth? Let us help you manage and figure out the root cause.
Visit us now at the Doctors of Dental Medicine! Call us at 732-329-3113. You can also fill out this contact form to set up an appointment with us! We look forward to helping you achieve excellent oral health.