The condition of “dry mouth” is called Xerostomia. This condition occurs when the salivary glands don’t work properly and the amount of saliva in the mouth decreases. Saliva is vital to everyday processes- tasting, swallowing, speaking and digesting. Saliva acts as a natural defense for the teeth. Without saliva, the teeth are extremely vulnerable to fungal, bacterial and viral infections, and decay. Although saliva is mostly composed of of water, it also includes electrolytes, antibacterial compounds, and various enzymes. These components play a major role in keeping your mouth healthy.
What causes dry mouth? Over-the-counter and prescription medications are the most common causes of Dry Mouth. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy, diseases such as diabetes and lupus, Alzheimer’s disease can be contributing factors. Others include stress, depression, anxiety & nutritional deficiencies.
What are signs and symptoms and how can my dentist help? Please click here(have the pdf for this link) to read my complete fact sheet on Xerostomia. Call our office if you think you may have signs or symptoms of Xerostomia. We can help! (972) 981-8653