Dry mouth or Xerostomia is a condition where your mouth produces a deficient volume of saliva. This effect on the salivary gland can be a perfect opportunity for bacteria to grow.
Ask yourself these questions to see if you may be experiencing symptoms of Xerostomia:
- Do you feel dehydrated most of the time?
- Do you always have a dry and sticky feeling in your mouth?
- Have you been having an altered sense of taste?
- Do you have bad breath?
- Are you experiencing sore throat?
Most adults have or will suffer from dry mouth during their lifetime. While it may seem not to be a sign of anything serious, it should not be taken lightly and must be prevented through early detection.
What Causes Extremely Dry Mouth?
Dry mouth may be the sign of serious health conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, yeast infection (thrush) in your mouth, or what’s now being called type three diabetes: Alzheimer’s disease. Other autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren’s syndrome or HIV/AIDS can also have dry mouth as a symptom. Even some medications can cause dry mouth for some people. Do you have sleep apnea and snore? Breathing with your mouth open at night also can contribute to dry mouth. You should also make sure you avoid tobacco and alcohol use.
Dry mouth may be caused by a variety of factors such as:
- Dehydration (especially during the cooler months like November through March when people don’t notice their thirst as quickly)
- Side effect of drugs used to treat depression and anxiety, pain, allergies
- Early sign of pregnancy
- Cause of radiation from Cancer treatments
- Symptom of Diabetes
- Symptom of Ulcer
Get The Best Treatment According To Your Condition
Dr. Pickett will always offer the best full-mouth treatment for you to prevent permanent mouth and throat disorders such as dry mouth that can impair your quality of life.
Pickett Family Dental will:
- Provide a full examination of your mouth and will review your medical history and all medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications.
- Prescribe medication that increases flow of saliva. We will assess your condition if it will likely be temporary or long term.
- Provide the best course of action according to your condition.
Dr. Pickett and our dedicated team Pickett Family Dental are well-trained with years of experience in full-mouth reconstruction dentistry. The goals of treating dry mouth includes identifying the possible cause, relieving discomfort, and preventing complications.
Our family dentist in Keller has your best interests at heart and wants to provide you the best service possible at the lowest cost to you. The best way we can prevent expensive dental treatments is with these regular visits.
Call our dentist office at 817-431-5514 or send us a quick message through our online form to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pickett. Pickett Family Dental can provide answers to all your dental health questions and looks forward to offering the best root canal treatment to you and your family!