Saliva is important to the human body for several purposes. One such function of saliva is keeping the oral cavity moist. Along with keeping the mouth moist, saliva cleanses the mouth and controls the growth of bacteria and fungi. But, the mouth could end up being dry in some cases due to certain health conditions and external factors.
What causes dry mouth condition?
Certain medications can cause dry mouth conditions. It is a common ill-effect of medications that are used to treat health conditions such as nausea, diarrhea, asthma, anxiety, etc.
Sometimes, medical conditions cause a dry mouth. Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, etc. are associated with a dry mouth condition.
External damage to the salivary glands could make them malfunction. Radiation therapies during chemotherapy could also damage the salivary glands, thereby affecting the optimal production of saliva.
Persistent breathing through the mouth can make the mouth quite dry and feeling uncomfortable.
Smoking tobacco can make the mouth run dry as the production of saliva would be affected after smoking. Chewing tobacco also has a similar effect.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of dry mouth. Individuals who usually consume less water end up having a dry mouth.
If you feel you persistently suffer from a dry mouth, visit our dental practice. Dr. Arzu Esroy would conduct a thorough diagnosis of the condition and suggest the right treatment to help you with it. The treatment could be in the form of medication, oral rinses, or drugs to increase the production of saliva. Patients can drink a lot of water to keep the flow of saliva at an optimal level. Also, breathing through the mouth should be avoided.
Call us at (850) 763 4545 or schedule an online appointment with Arzu Esroy, D.M.D. and we’ll be able to guide you further.