Suffer from Dry Mouth? Suffer No More!

Do you find yourself constantly reaching for water because your supply of saliva is low? Do you have trouble swallowing food? Xerostomia (dry mouth) is a common condition that can lead to serious dental issues, particularly severe tooth decay and gum disease. Dry mouth is a condition that is increasingly common and should be treated properly. As a specialist, Dr. D. Greg Seal commonly sees dry mouth syndrome and offers conservative therapy to address the condition.

What Are the Causes for Dry Mouth?

In the past, aging was the most common cause of dry mouth, appearing in the seventh and eighth decades of life. However, today medication is the most common cause with more than 400 medications being linked to dry mouth. The most common drugs causing xerostomia include antihistamines, antidepressants, antihypersensitives, decongestants, analgesics, and sedatives.

The following conditions are also linked to xerostemia:

  • Diabetes
  • Nerve damage
  • Radiation treatment
  • Chemotherapy

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Mouth?

The following symptoms are often signs of dry mouth:

  • Thick saliva
  • Irritation at the corners of the mouth
  • Cracked lips
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Increased plaque
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

What are the Treatments for Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth disorder is unpleasant, but many methods for treating the condition exist, some of which you can follow on your own. In many cases, sipping on water can actually aggravate your dry mouth symptoms. Dr. Seal will thoroughly examine your condition. He may prescribe saliva-stimulating medication and will discuss prescription-strength toothpaste, or fluoride trays. Sugar-free candies and gum are often used as well. Whatever your situation, you can rest assured that Dr. Seal will be thorough in diagnosing and treating your dry mouth.

If you suffer from dry mouth, call our Dallas, TX, dental office today at (214) 361-0883 for evaluation, as xerostemia can be successfully treated.

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