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Do You Have Dry Mouth?

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Education | Be the first one to comment

25% of the adult population suffer from dry mouth.  Dry mouth may present itself by thick and ropy saliva, burning mouth, oral yeast infections, bad breath, difficulty swallowing, fissured tongue and more...
 
There are many different possible causes for a dry mouth.  It can be caused by different systemic conditions or more commonly as a side effect of medications or mouth breathing.
 
Your oral health professional may recognize dry mouth by performing an exam and listening to your concerns.
 
Saliva in our mouth is very important. Saliva helps to cleanse our teeth and tissues.  It also helps to buffer or neutralize the acid in our mouth. Acid produced by bacteria cause cavities.  When we have a chronic dry mouth our tissues can stick to teeth which creates soreness and cavities can grow extremely rapidly.
 
There are several things you can do to help alleviate dry mouth. Drink lots of water, chew sugar free gum or suck on sugar free candy to stimulate saliva.  There are also toothpastes, mouthwashes and gels created specifically to moisturize and soothe symptoms of dry mouth. Home fluoride may also be required to minimize cavities.
 
Talk to your dental health professional at the Rideau Dental Centre to help assess your risk for dry mouth.


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