MINT HILL, NC – Dry mouth, or “xerostomia”, is one of the most common problems in the oral cavity. According to the American Dental Association, “Xerostomia affects 30% of patients older than 65 years and up to 40% of patients older than 80 years.” Having a dry mouth is more than an inconvenience. People who suffer from dry mouth are at a much higher risk of cavities and other oral conditions. But why does xerostomia occur and how do you manage it?
Xerostomia is the reduction or absence of saliva from salivary glands. Although there are many reasons why this may occur, top contributors include medication side effects, taking multiple medications, a history of radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and autoimmune diseases such as Sjorgen’s syndrome.
Here are some recommendations for patients that suffer from dry mouth:
- Stay hydrated
- Chew sugar free gum with xylitol
- Use Xylimelts: a product that adheres to the inside of the mouth and can be used during the day or during a night’s rest (sold in stores and online)
- Swish with Salivamax: a supersaturated calcium phosphate mouth-rinse solution that acts as a saliva substitute (requires a prescription)
If you suffer from dry mouth and need a dental professional to recommend the best options for you, contact Dawson Modern Dentistry at 704-565-9512 or visit our website at www.dawsonmoderndentistry.com to schedule an appointment online. Stay tuned for next week’s topic as we discuss why you or someone you may know suffers from bad breath and what to do about it.