There are many people that suffer from a dryness of the mouth, this is not something people really talk about. However, it is necessary to speak to your doctor about it, because it can become a problem and you will need dry mouth treatment.
Saliva plays a very important role in your mouth as it aids in the first stages of digestion and chewing. The flow of saliva usually provides antibacterial benefits which can protect your teeth against cavities and also buffer any effects of acids.
Without enough saliva, your teeth’s surfaces will be more vulnerable to erosion and abrasion, and you might be at risk tooth decay, as well as yeast infections.
The symptoms of a dry mouth
Your common symptoms will include the following:
You may experience a sticky and dry feeling within your mouth.
If you are frequently thirsty.
Sores develop in your mouth or even split skin in the corners of your mouth. as well as cracked lips.
When your throat feels dry more often.
If you have a tingling or burning sensation in your mouth, especially your tongue.
Also if your tongue is raw, red and dry.
Difficulty in talking or if you have trouble with swallowing, tasting and chewing.
A sore throat, dry nasal passage or hoarseness.
Lastly bad breath.
Dry mouth treatment
To receive treatment for a dry mouth it will depend on the cause of the problem. Generally, the treatment for a dry mouth will focus on 3 areas as explained below.
To manage the underlying cause of a dry mouth
Medication can be the cause of a dry mouth. It is common to get side effects from drugs you use for a treatment. These may be for anxiety, depression, allergies like decongestants and antihistamines, pain, urinary incontinence, diarrhea and for Parkinson’s disease.
Your doctor or dentist will recommend that you make a change. They can either prescribe another medication or maybe adjust your dosage.
Yet, with an underlying medical condition that is the cause of a dry mouth, you can’t change the medication. For instance, when your salivary gland was damaged through chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Or, if it’s a result of a disease itself like Alzheimer’s disease, Sjogren’s syndrome or a stroke. Thus, your treatment will be focused on a way to increase the saliva flow.
To increase the flow of your saliva with dry mouth treatment
Your doctor or dentist will recommend that you use artificial saliva products. It will be available in spray or rinse over-the-counter products. Moisturizing gels, toothpaste, and mouthwashes specifically formulated for dry mouth treatment will also be available.
You can ask your doctor or dentist for more information about these products.
Your dentist or doctor might prescribe Salagen, which is a drug to increase the production of natural saliva. Evoxac is another drug they can prescribe, which is FDA-approved to treat dry mouth when you have Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease. Usually, it will be associated with muscle pain, dry skin, mouth, and eyes.
Finally, new promising treatments are under investigation. Scientists are busy working on a way to be able to repair your glands, the ones damaged and to develop an artificial gland which they can implant into your body.
To prevent tooth decay due to a dry mouth
Saliva doesn’t only help you to swallow, chew and digest your food, it’s also a natural mouth cleanser. Without any saliva, you are more likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay. If you want to combat gum disease and tooth decay when dealing with a dry mouth, you will need to be much more careful with your oral hygiene habits.
Brush your teeth twice every day, preferably more times such as after your meals, as well as before you go to bed.
Make sure to floss also every day.
Your toothpaste needs to contain fluoride.
Visit your dentist twice every year for a cleaning and checkup. He/she might recommend that you use a daily fluoride gel or rinse in order to maintain your healthy teeth.
Things you can do to manage your dry mouth
To loosen mucus and also keep the mouth moist, you need to frequently drink water.
You can suck on sugar-free popsicles, ice chips, and sugar-free hard candies.
You should moisten your foods with margarine or butter, creams, gravy, sauces, soups, and broths.
Avoid any commercial mouthwashes or rinses with peroxide or alcohol.
It’s important to avoid dry and salty foods such as bananas, dried fruit, dry fish/poultry/meats, dry bread, cookies, toast, and crackers, also beverages and foods with high sugar content.
You should avoid drinking anything that contains caffeine or alcohol like chocolate-containing drinks, certain colas, teas, and coffees.
Other tips that can also reduce irritation
You should minimize the intake of salty or spicy foods.
To minimize irritation on your lips, use moisturizers.
You should use a toothbrush with soft bristles and also rinse your mouth before and after meals.
Make use of a humidifier in order to increase humidity in the house, especially at nighttime. Consult a professional if you feel you require treatment or can’t get your symptoms alleviated. For more tips on controlling dry mouth visit Envy Smile Dental Spa.