What can I do about dry mouth?
Dry Mouth Affects Many People
Having a dry mouth can lead to bad breath, periodontal disease, and an increased incidence of tooth decay. Periodontal disease not only puts your teeth at risk, but also your overall health and increases your risk of systemic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Bleeding gums, recession, and soreness are all symptoms of periodontal disease.
Dry mouth is a common problem for many individuals, especially those who are older or take daily medications. Cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy also cause dry mouth.
There Are Products for Your Dry Mouth
There are several products on the market designed especially for individuals with dry mouth. Rinses and certain types of chewing gum can help you create more saliva. More frequent dental cleanings and antibiotic rinses can help reduce bacterial growth and infection.
Home strategies can be helpful. If you smoke, you are at a higher risk for dry mouth. Staying hydrated with ample amounts of water is also important, especially in dry, sunny climates, like Albuquerque, where it is easier to become dehydrated.
If you suffer from dry mouth, talk to Dr. Essenmacher and she will be happy to discuss options with you that can help you maintain your oral health.