Decreased saliva production in your mouth can be a serious cause for concern. Saliva helps to wash away food particles and bacteria after you eat. If you experience chronic dry mouth it will greatly increase your chance of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Dry mouth is a recognized medical condition, that is often related to one or more causes. Some of them might be mundane, but in other cases dry mouth can be an indicator of a more serious problem.
A lot of prescription medications have side effects that include chronic dry mouth. If you recently started taking a new medication and noticed a reduction in saliva, you might want to talk to your doctor about your options. It’s important to keep taking your medication, but there are often other little things you can do to help remedy the problem. This includes habits like sipping water frequently, chew sugar-free gum or reducing salt intake in your diet.
Regular tobacco use can easily impede natural saliva production and can even increase your chances of developing an infection in a saliva gland. Cessation is the best remedy. Excessive alcohol consumption on a regular basis can also cause dry mouth. Alcohol is a diuretic that causes dehydration. If you consume alcohol on a regular basis you should talk to your physician about a cessation or rehabilitation program.
Dry mouth is a common symptom of oral and pharyngeal cancer.If you notice dry mouth associated with swelling in your mouth, neck or throat you should seek medical attention to confirm the diagnosis and discuss possible treatment options.
If you have questions or concerns about chronic dry mouth, please call us at 703.754.5800 to schedule an appointment.