Xerostomia is the most underestimated serious oral condition. Complications of dry mouth include difficulty swallowing, breathing and talking, so you should take it seriously. We care about your oral health, so we amassed this post about dry mouth and some things you should know about it.
Products you can use to treat xerostomia include saliva stimulants and spit replacements, and we recommend that you speak with Dr. Jerry Butler before using these types of products. Brushing with toothpaste twice daily and using floss once per day may also reduce symptoms of dry mouth, and using chapstick every few hours or so has been demonstrated to effectively reduce the effects of dry mouth in many patients.
While having a dry mouth might not seem like a huge deal, it can cause lots of negative side effects. For example, spit is needed to chew correctly, so without it, you are perhaps unable to consume food sufficiently. Xerostomia also affects your capability to speak, so without spit, you won’t be able to speak well. Without saliva to flush out acids from your mouth, oral decay becomes a major problem and cavities develop more commonly.
Do you want to learn more about dry mouth? The staff at Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D would love to tell you all about it over the phone at (828) 264-5858 now or in their Boone, North Carolina, office during your next visit. Call them at (828) 264-5858 now to schedule your next visit and resolve any concerns you may have about dry mouth.