By Jeffrey Cranska
Family Laser Dentistry
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Nine Symptoms That You Have Xerostomia
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is not a disease. This medical condition is simply the decrease in flow or a change in the quality of saliva — a change that occurs when there is a failure to keep your mouth wet. Causes of xerostomia include radiation during cancer therapy; autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, lupus and diabetes; aging; and the top cause, taking multiple medications.
These are some common symptoms:
Without saliva to help fight oral bacteria, there can be extensive tooth decay. You need to maximize salivary flow, keep your mouth wet to increase function and comfort, and prevent tooth decay.
Q: How can I prevent dry mouth?
A: Here is a list of ways to prevent and treat the effects of dry mouth:
Dry mouth is not completely preventable or treatable. Treatment depends on the cause. Discuss treatment solutions with your dentist and dental hygienist. The best treatments only address the symptoms. Utilize the new dental products for maximum comfort, maintain good nutrition with proper chewing and swallowing, and limit destruction of your teeth from decay with early treatment.