What is Xerostomia?
Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, occurs when our body is producing a low quantity or no saliva at all. Our saliva is the key to maintaining a healthy mouth. Some medications and systemic conditions can contribute to dry mouth. When the quantity and quality of saliva is reduced, oral disease can develop quickly. Dry mouth increases the incidence of tooth decay, mouth ulcers and oral infection. Dry mouth also causes difficulty with eating and speech.
Signs and symptoms
Medications such as antihypertensives (blood pressure), antidepressants, analgesics (pain relief), diuretics and antihistamines can cause dry mouth. Some common problems associated with Xerostomia include
The mucosa of the mouth is often pale and deteriorated with a dry or sticky feel, the tongue may be inflamed and show signs of fissures and cracking. Oral candida also known as Oral Thrush is one of the most common oral infections seen in association with Xerostomia.
Treatment of Dry Mouth
There are a variety of products available to help increase salivary flow such as
Tips to help you manage Xerostomia
Am I at risk?
As mentioned earlier, certain medications can cause dry mouth, other risk factors are
If the signs and symptoms you have read sound familiar to you or someone you know and you suspect it may be Xerostomia call Dentists & Doctors in Geelong on 03 5221 9129 or email us on email@example.com and one of our oral health professionals will be happy to help you get back on track!