Learn about Dry Mouth

An uncomfortable feeling that we all get once in a while is dry mouth. Whether it’s due to nerves or a lack of a drink, everybody has experienced this issue. Unfortunately, dry mouth can become a serious medical condition if it’s not properly taken care of, although it may not seem like something to treat. Your dental service in Stamford provides reasons as to why you may be experiencing dry mouth and what the best ways to relieve it are.

Dry mouth gives patients the feeling that there’s not enough saliva in their mouth, which causes that uncomfortable, dry situation. When you have dry mouth, you may be experiencing some of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty tasting, chewing, and talking
  • Burning, sticky feeling in your mouth
  • Tough, dry tongue
  • Cracked lips
  • Infection or sore in the mouth

If dry mouth continues, there’s a chance that a patient can develop tooth decay. Without proper oral hygiene like brushing and flossing twice a day, on top of eating and drinking items that also work to dry out your mouth, your teeth can quickly suffer before you know it. This can also cause difficulty chewing and swallowing in the future, which will stop you from getting the proper nutrients you need.

Some reasons that you could be getting dry mouth are:

  • Smoking: cigarettes and other tobacco products dramatically dry out your mouth, all while the tobacco lingers and burns your tongue and gums.
  • Side effects of certain medicines: A large amount of common medicines have the side effect of dry mouth, stopping your saliva glands from producing saliva.
  • Medical therapy: treatments like radiation and chemo therapy also damage the saliva glands, or make your saliva thicker which makes it harder to produce and swallow.

There are several ways to temporarily treat dry mouth. These are not permanent solutions, but they are helpful enough to make you feel comfortable until you’ve see a dentist. For relief:

  • Sip water throughout the day to stimulate saliva flow
  • Chew sugar-free gum, which also stimulates saliva flow and strengthens your teeth
  • Quit using any cigarettes or tobacco products
  • Look for mouthwashes that are created for dry mouth

Talk to your dentist at your dental service in Stamford for more suggestions on temporary relief for dry mouth. If you’ve been experiencing dry mouth over time with no sign of relief, contact our office by calling (203) 252-2000 or click here to request an appointment online.