Sometimes Xerostomia is a result of a serious medical condition; however, there are also times that a reduced salivary flow is a result of the medications or treatment itself of a certain condition. Regardless, when our mouth lacks the ability to naturally produce saliva, the result is the same. Patients are more susceptible to cavities, periodontal disease, reduced taste or even pain.
Minor relief can come from sipping on water or chewing sugar-free gum, but there are also other ways to help maintain a moist oral environment. Avoid alcohol and tobacco products foremost, as these can be drying and damaging to the soft tissues in the mouth. Dry or salty snacks reduce salivary flow, and should be replaced with a soft, high protein diet.
When simple diet changes are not enough, there are over-the-counter products available like Biotene, which can be used as a rinse, gel, or spray. Neutrasal is another product available in the treatment of Xerostomia. It can take multiple approaches to find relief when dry mouth becomes a problem. With routine oral exams, our team of dental professionals can evaluate each patient’s individual situation to determine the best course of treatment.
Do you suffer from Dry Mouth?A visit to your local Williamsburg Dentist could find you the answers you need. Give us a call today. We promise we won’t let you say “ahh” till we know your story first. This could be your first step to healthier, bigger smile! Click here to schedule an appointment today.
By, Christina Thomas, RDH