Symptoms Can Be Relieved

There’s an actual medical term for that consistent dry feeling that you have in your mouth. It is formally known as xerostomia. Xerostomia is what happens when your salivary glands fail to produce the right amount of saliva to keep your mouth moisturized, hence the tag, “dry mouth.” Xerostomia can be caused by taking a medication that has been prescribed to treat some other disorder, or it can be a symptom of the disorder itself. Your dentist may recommend that you talk to your doctor about prescribing an alternate prescription or dosage. Along with the typical dry mouth sensation xerostomia patients may notice that their breath is not as fresh as usual and their lips may seem to chap more easily. They may also experience the need to drink more water. The lack of saliva may make chewing more difficult and could also affect the body’s ability to digest food. Chewing gum can help produce more saliva. Another tip for dry mouth sufferers is to keep a bottle of water close by. Some symptoms are brought about by our own bad habits, smoking or consuming too much caffeine are good examples. A longer lasting solution will be easier to prescribe once your dentist has diagnosed the underlying cause. Take the video tour of the Compass Dental practice that is available on the website www.compassdentalhickory.com to get a clearer picture of our committment to the dental health of every member of your family.

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