Dry Mouth – Not Just a Nuisance | Bayview Dentist

Normal saliva flow is crucial for oral health, as it helps with digestion, lubrication, and protecting your teeth from acids and sugars. However, when you experience dry mouth, or xerostomia, it can lead to various oral health problems. At Smile Studio Dentistry, your trusted Bayview dentist, we understand the importance of addressing dry mouth to prevent serious complications.

Common issues associated with dry mouth include:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Oral yeast infections
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Denture discomfort

Medication is the leading cause of chronic dry mouth, with over 400 drugs listing it as a common side effect. Stress, autoimmune diseases, hormonal changes, cancer treatments, and salivary gland disease can also contribute to dry mouth.

Relief from dry mouth can be achieved through various methods, including:

  • Drinking more water
  • Using sugar-free candies or gum
  • Using artificial saliva, as recommended by your doctor or dentist
  • Using alcohol-free mouthwash
  • Limiting alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages
  • Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air
  • Adjusting medication under medical supervision

Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly is crucial to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other complications associated with dry mouth.

If you’re experiencing dry mouth, schedule an appointment with our team at Smile Studio Dentistry. We’ll review your medications and perform a comprehensive dental exam to address any underlying oral health issues.

For more information about dry mouth and how we can help, contact our office today.

Smile Studio Dentistry of Baltimore
Email: joshismilestudio@gmail.com
Phone: 4434387375
Url: smilestudiodentist.com
6500 Eastern Ave. Suite B
Baltimore, MD 21224