Dry mouth is a condition often associated with feelings of anxiety, but it can also serve as a potential indicator of underlying health issues. The insufficient production of saliva, clinically referred to as xerostomia, can significantly impact our oral health. At Designing Smiles Dentistry, our team of dentists routinely screens for xerostomia symptoms during comprehensive regular examinations. We not only explain the potential ramifications of this condition but also collaborate with our patients to restore the essential salivary flow.
While we may not always appreciate the importance of saliva, it serves as the primary defense mechanism for our mouth, shielding it against tooth decay. Beyond its role in cleansing food particles and substances, saliva neutralizes acids generated by oral bacteria, concurrently safeguarding our bodies against disease-causing germs. It moistens food to enhance taste and facilitate swallowing, and it fortifies our teeth by delivering protective calcium and fluoride.
Dry mouth can give rise to various common discomforts, including difficulty in swallowing or speaking, hoarseness, dry nasal passages, persistent sore throat, and a burning sensation. It can manifest as a side effect of numerous medications, including decongestants, painkillers, antihistamines, and diuretics, among others. Additionally, dry mouth may serve as a symptom of underlying medical conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease characterized by the immune system’s attack on its moisture-producing glands.
If you suspect you may be experiencing signs of dry mouth, the dentists at Designing Smiles Dentistry recommend a proactive approach. Our friendly and attentive staff provide award-winning treatment within our modern and comfortable facility. Our overarching objective is to preserve your comprehensive oral health and your radiant smile for many years to come. We encourage you to reach out to our office today to schedule an examination and address any concerns related to dry mouth.