North Fulton Dental, Alpharetta GA, Drs. Prattas and Panich


DRY MOUTH

 
 
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Dry Mouth

Saliva is one of your body's natural defenses against plaque because it acts to rinse your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria and other potentially harmful materials. Dry mouth (also called Xerostomia) is a fairly common condition that is caused by diminished saliva production. People with medical conditions, such as an eating disorder or diabetes, are often plagued by xerostomia. Eating foods such as garlic, tobacco use, and some medications, including treatments such as cancer therapy can diminish the body's production of saliva, leading to dry mouth. Other causes are related to aging (including rheumatoid arthritis), and a compromised immune systems.

Dry mouth can lead to more serious problems, including burning tongue syndrome, a painful condition caused by a significant lack of moisture on the tongue. Increased chance of cavity formation can occur with a dry mouth condition.

If dry mouth isn't readily apparent, you may experience other conditions that dry mouth can cause, including an overly-sensitive tongue, chronic thirst or even difficulty in speaking.

If you don't have a medical condition that causes it, dry mouth can be minimized by sipping water regularly, chewing gum and avoiding smoking. Of course, there is no substitute for regular checkups and good oral hygiene.


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