WHAT CAUSES DRY MOUTH?
Many pharmaceuticals used for treating certain medical conditions, including depression, diabetes, and hypertension, often have a high risk of resulting in a condition known as dry mouth or xerostomia. Dry mouth may be a side effect of certain systemic infections or diseases. For instance, Sjogren’s syndrome is typically linked to individuals who have developed tooth decay or tooth loss.
Other causes of xerostomia include neck and head radiation or chemotherapy treatments used to treat cancers. These are also known to cause damage to the salivary glands, which are responsible for saliva production. Other conditions that lead to dehydration can also cause dry mouth. The team at Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, can help you learn more about this.
CAN MY DENTIST DIAGNOSE DRY MOUTH?
Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda del Cueto are trained to determine if a patient has dry mouth. Our team might ask about the symptoms you experience to get a better idea of the severity of your condition and decide the best possible treatments.
Symptoms and signs of dry mouth often include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Frequent thirst
- A burning or tingling sensation in the mouth
- Your tongue appears red, raw, or dry
- Your throat always feels dry, sore, or hoarse
HOW ARE DRY MOUTH AND ORAL HEALTH RELATED?
If you are not producing enough saliva in the mouth, which rinses the teeth and gums naturally, you are at a higher risk of developing dry mouth that can later contribute to certain risks, including tooth decay, infections, and even tooth loss.
WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SOLUTIONS FOR THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH DRY MOUTH?
It may be advantageous for you to speak with your primary or specialist doctor to determine changing medications to reduce the symptoms of dry mouth or consider options for lowering the dosage taken each day. Additionally, Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda del Cueto might recommend specific treatment options to suit your needs.
Xerostomia treatment options that our team might recommend include:
- Dry Mouth Spray
- Fluoride Toothpaste
- Fluoride Trays
- Fluoride Varnish
- Mouth Rinses
- Oral Probiotics
Get help for dry mouth today with our team!
If you are in the Tampa, FL community and want to speak to Drs. Angela Rasmussen and Amanda del Cueto of Gentle Dentistry, about your needs, call (813) 734-7102 to request a visit.
Our facility is open to new and returning patients ready for comprehensive oral health and wellness services by our dedicated and experienced team of professionals.