Dry mouth is a blanket term used to describe an oral condition where your mouth produces less saliva than normal. While a single day of dehydration can prove to be the culprit, long-term, chronic dry mouth can have very serious ramifications for the health of your mouth. Your natural saliva production helps wash away food detritus from your mouth and loosen bacteria before it can build up into plaque or tartar.
If you’ve been struggling with chronic dry mouth problems and you’re struggling to identify the source, you should call 708-388-2500 to schedule an appointment at Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS.
It’s possible that a new prescription medication causes decreased saliva production as a side effect. While you will need to continue taking the medication, there are still ways to maintain adequate moisture in your mouth. You might be able to mitigate this by periodically sipping on water as you go about your day. In a more serious case, there are prescription saliva substitutes that might also help.
Chronic dehydration can also lead to chronic dry mouth problems. This is even more likely to be the case if you consume alcohol on a frequent basis or use tobacco regularly. This can also impair the function of saliva glands in your mouth.
There are certain medical conditions that affect the kidneys, liver, or blood health that can also cause reduced saliva production. It’s also worth noting that oral and pharyngeal cancer can also cause dry mouth issues.
If you live in the Palos Heights, Illinois, area and you have been struggling to identify the cause of your chronic dry mouth, you should call 708-388-2500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nils Sandstrom.