Dry Mouth Causes and Treatment
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition that develops when the body isn’t producing enough saliva. This is a common condition, which can cause discomfort to one in four adults. The number one cause of dry mouth is that it occurs as a side effect from medication use. Fortunately, our doctors at Southern Cross Dental can treat the problem.
Saliva is an essential part of a healthy mouth. Saliva not only aids in the digestion of the food and beverages we consume, it protects the oral tissues in the mouth that are prone to infection and decay. Dry mouth commonly occurs as a side effect of blood pressure medications, antihistamines, antidepressants, and many others. Other causes of dry mouth may include dehydration, diabetes, smoking, and/or autoimmune disorders. To treat dry mouth, you will first need a proper diagnosis. After this has been determined, our doctors may suggest an over-the-counter prescription that helps stimulate saliva flow and/or artificial saliva to help keep your mouth wet.
If you have questions or concerns regarding dry mouth, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.