DRY MOUTH

AUSTIN DENTIST | TEJAS PATEL, DDS

If your salivary glands aren’t producing enough saliva to keep your mouth wet, you will suffer from dry mouth, or xerostomia. Symptoms often occur when the salivary glands are not working properly.

Dry Mouth | Austin Dentist | Austin Cosmetic Dentist | Tejas Patel

SYMPTOMS OF DRY MOUTH

  • Dry feeling inside your mouth and throat
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry tongue
  • Irritated gums
  • Sore in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Frequent tooth decay
  • Burning sensation in your mouth
  • Change in taste
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking

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MORE ABOUT DRY MOUTH

Dry mouth often occurs when the salivary glands are not working properly. Causes vary from aging and medications, particularly cancer treatments, to smoking, Sjorgren’s syndrome, methamphetamine use, and stress and nervousness. Because dry mouth can lead to other issues regarding your oral health, you should speak with your dentist if you are experiencing any of the symptoms.

Dry mouth can cause the soft tissues inside your mouth to become more susceptible to infection and inflammation. A lack of saliva can also lead to a higher chance of tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, it is important to care for the structures in your mouth by treating dry mouth and stimulating saliva flow, which can be done by chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candies that are cinnamon or mint-flavored. You can also curb the effects of your symptoms by sipping on water during the day and avoiding caffeinated beverages.

It is essential to determine the root cause of your symptoms in order to treat them; the only way to cure dry mouth is to cure or treat the underlying cause. Our dentists at Austin Cosmetic Dentistry will work closely with you to go over your medical history and your medications to discover your specific cause. As treatment will depend on it’s cause, your dentist may advise you to alter any medications to help with your dry mouth, or, if the cause is not related to medications you are currently taking, your dentist may prescribe a medication to stimulate your saliva flow. If necessary, artificial saliva may be prescribed.

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If you are suffering from chronic symptoms, don’t wait to get relief. Call our office today at (512) 476-2336 to schedule your appointment.


221 West 6th Street
Suite 940
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 476-2336
Email: downtown@austincosmetic.com