Facts About Chronic Dry Mouth

  • Posted by Kent Davis
  • at Monday, September 15, 2014 -
When someone hears "dry mouth," he usually scoffs as a minor inconvenience. However, many don’t know just how wrong it can go if left unchecked.
Xerostomia, the medical term for dry mouth symptoms, can lead to numerous dental problems due to the lack of saliva. In 2008, it was the second most commonly-reported oral problem among adults aged 18 to 64, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The causes of xerostomia can range from side effects of over-the-counter drugs to diseases like Parkinson's disease and Sjogren's syndrome, but its effects are capable of affecting many aspects of an individual’s life. One very serious effect of having dry mouth is a slew of dental problems, ranging from ill-fitting dentures to tooth loss and gum disease. This is because there’s not enough saliva in the person’s mouth to prevent harmful bacteria from making the mouth more acidic.

This is why people suffering from xerostomia should visit a professional dentist to ensure overall dental health. The dentist can also give advice on the kind of treatments or oral hygiene habits that will help cure or keep it at bay. Some include regular water intake, chewing sugar-free gum, and over-the-counter saliva substitute.