Dry mouth can be a serious problem which needs to be treated by your dentist.
Saliva may not be a very interesting topic of conversation, or a very pleasant one. Be that as it may, saliva is phenomenally important for the health of your mouth. Saliva keeps your mouth hydrated. It also helps break down your food to make it easier to chew, swallow and digest. It helps add minerals to your mouth that will strengthen your teeth. But one of the most important things saliva does is neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause cavities.
Dry mouth is a condition in which your body does not manufacture enough saliva. It can be caused by certain medications, and some diseases, and can also be a result of radiation or chemotherapy. The symptoms of dry mouth may include a sticky or dry feeling in your mouth, cracked lips, a sore throat, and trouble eating or speaking. Dry mouth can contribute to problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. offers several treatments for dry mouth in El Paso, Texas. Our treatment may include lifestyle changes or treating the cause of your dry mouth. The treatments may be as simple as chewing sugarless gum, drinking more water or using a humidifier at night. In some cases, the dentist might prescribe artificial saliva to help fight dry mouth.
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of dry mouth, we can help. Give us a call today at 915-593-1900 to get more information, and to schedule your appointment.