Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth, also know as Xerostomia, is a condition that results from a lack of saliva production.  One of the most common reason for dry mouth is prescription medications.  Over 400 medications list dry mouth as a side effect, including blood presure medication, antihistimines, antidepressants and sleeping pills.  Dry mouth can also come from a number of diseases so it is important to find out the cause of this condition.  When you have dry mouth, other things can occur like bad breath, increased risk of dental caries (cavities), and periodontal disease (gum disease).  It is very important to stay on top of this to prevent possible damage.  There are many products on the market to deal with dry mouth.  Also, you can use sugarfree gum, sip on water frequently, and avoid products with alcohol in them to help maintain the moisture in your mouth.  Talk to your hygienist today about getting a plan together for a healthier mouth.