Xerostomia is a dental condition impacting the salivation levels of the oral cavity, leaving the mouth with a feeling of dryness that can cause weakening to the chompers. With a tiny bit of help from our staff, you can manage xerostomia; here are some things that you should know.
Many people think that having a dry mouth is of no consequence, but actually dry mouth and xerostomia can cause very serious side effects. To correctly chew, consume food, speak and inhale and exhale, you need the right amounts of saliva in your mouth. Saliva also helps fight off dental issues like periodontal disease and cavities. A lack of saliva will harm your quality of life, so it’s imperative to take it seriously and pursue treatment for it asap.
Unfortunately, there are no widely accepted surgical practices related to addressing dry mouth and xerostomia or correcting the production of saliva from the salivary glands. Most of the procedures for xerostomia are lifestyle suggestions like dietary alterations and oral health practices, though products like saliva stimulants and spit replacements can be used to treat xerostomia with some success.
At Nils F. Sandstrom, DDS, we don’t want our patients to ever have to worry about dry mouth. If you haven’t already scheduled your regular checkup or if you’d like to pencil in another appointment, please call the Palos Heights, Illinois, team of Dr. Nils Sandstrom now at 708-388-2500 and they’ll get you all pencil in.