Do you ever feel like you can’t get enough water? Like no matter how much you drink your mouth always feels dry? Xerostomia, also known as chronic dry mouth, affects about 30% of Americans. Dry Mouth occurs when there is an absence of proper saliva production generally caused by disease, illness or medication. Dry mouth can be very uncomfortable, causing bad breath, hoarseness, and chapped lips.
When doctors look at the causes of bad breath we generally look to over the counter medications, or diseases such as diabetes, HIV, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, and several others. Many of these can cause dry mouth symptoms. In many cases people have short-term dry mouth which can be caused by dehydration. Dehydration can be caused by a stomach virus, too much alcohol, or anxiety.
In some cases, when chronic dry mouth is left without treatment it can affect oral health, digestion, taste, and even speech. There are various treatments for chronic dry mouth including managing the underlying cause or illnesses, lifestyle changes including not drinking alcohol or caffeine, drinking plenty of water to help with the flow of saliva, eating soft and moist foods, and avoiding mouthwashes that also contain alcohol in them and more. Chronic dry mouth can be very uncomfortable, however there are remedies that work. Please ask us how we can help with chronic dry mouth.