Solutions to Common Dental Problems
If your mouth feels dry and uncomfortable, your lips and tongue have cracks or feel dry, you might be suffering from Xerostomia – or dry mouth. This is a relatively common condition.
Saliva is very important for your dental wellbeing. It protects teeth and without saliva you lose protection against tooth decay.
Saliva also cleans and moistens your mouth, helps in food digestion and prevents infections such as bacteria and fungi in your mouth.
FAQs about Dry Mouth
There are many possible treatment options, which are dependant on your individual circumstances and needs. These may include:
- using artificial saliva (saliva substitute) or special moisturisers
- on consultation with your doctor, an adjustment of medication could be recommended
- take medicines that stimulate saliva flow
Managing Your Dry Mouth
It is important to understand the cause for your dry mouth. By treating the cause you may be able to get it under control.
Your own management may include:
- maintain good oral health - such as twice daily brushing of your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly
- drink more water - regularly sip water to remain hydrated
- consume less fruit juices, alcoholic drinks, and other sugary drinks.
- avoid coffee and tea
- have regular check-ups and scale and cleaning of your teeth and gums
- chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva production
- chew 'chewy' foods that help in the production of saliva
What You Can Do
It is important to understand the cause for your dry mouth. By treating the cause you can get it under control.
The dentist will look for causes and check for tooth decay or gum disease.
Seeing your doctor and dentist will help in understanding the causes and possible treatments.
To find out more about treating your dry mouth, call our friendly staff at Woodville & Seaton Dental Clinic on (08) 8268 5422 or request an appointment online.