Saliva is pretty much a miracle worker when it comes to taking care of your mouth. Not only does saliva make things like chewing and swallowing easier, but it also helps to get rid of plaque and tartar caused by food and beverages— leaving you with a cavity free mouth. However, many people suffer from dry mouth, a condition that causes your salivary glands to slow down production, leaving you with a feeling of “cotton mouth.” If you think that you might have dry mouth, read on to learn more.
What are the symptoms of dry mouth?
There are several common symptoms of having a dry mouth including the following:
- Chronic bad breath, even after brushing your teeth.
- The feeling of cotton mouth all of the time.
- Chronic thirst
- Frequent swallowing
- Sore, dry, or cracked lips
- Dry nasal passages that result in discomfort or even nose bleeds or a sore throat
What are the causes of dry mouth?
When it comes to establishing the cause of your dry mouth, Dr. Nik Zalavadia will look at several aspects of your lifestyle including:
- Any medications that you are currently on
- Any diseases that you may be diagnosed with
- How active you are in your lifestyle
- Whether you smoke cigarettes or not
- If you are drinking enough water or if you are simply dehydrated
What are treatments of dry mouth?
Depending on what Dr. Nik Zalavadia deems as the culprit leading to your dry mouth will help to determine the treatment option that is best for you. For instance, if it is medication that is contributing to your dry mouth, Dr. Zalavadia will likely suggest that you speak with your general practitioner about changing the dosage to a lower dose. Whereas if it is your lifestyle or disease that are contributing to your dry mouth, things like chewing gum, drinking more water, using a saliva stimulator, etc. may be recommended.
If you think that you are suffering from dry mouth and you would like to learn more, contact Dr. Nik Zalavadia’s office today!