Are you suffering from a lack of saliva in your mouth? If so, you are suffering from what is known as dry mouth. Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a condition in which your body is simply not producing enough saliva. Because your saliva is produced by glands in your body, it is important to make sure that those glands are healthy and that you aren’t using any products that could potentially lead to dry mouth as a side effect. Several lifestyle choices or risks in your life can increase your risk for dry mouth.
If you find yourself for suffering from dry mouth, it may be linked to a condition known as Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which your body attacks your salivary glands. This can lead to dry mouth.
Often dry mouth is the result of medications that you may be taking. Those medications may include:
If you’re taking any of the medications listed above, speak with your dentist to determine if you are at an increased risk for dry mouth. Common problems associated with dry mouth are:
– a sore throat
– an increased risk for gum disease
– an increased risk of tooth decay
– difficulties breathing or swallowing
– issues with chewing food properly
Do you still have questions about dry mouth? Frederick Prehn and our team at our dental office in Wausau, Wisconsin, are always here to help you take the steps to building a healthier you. You are welcome to call Prehn Dental Offices at 715-842-1270 to book an appointment with us to discuss your options for dry mouth treatments.