Do you find yourself reaching for candy, gum or beverages all day to moisten your parched, dry mouth? If this has become normal for you, it may be a sign of serous oral health issues and may require treatment. Dry mouth can occur when your body doesn’t produce adequate saliva. This condition can interfere with tasting your food, chewing, swallowing and even speaking.
Chronic dryness of the mouth can also make you more susceptible to cuts and other mouth trauma, which, can then lead to infections. Chronic dry mouth is often caused by medications such as anti-depressants, high blood pressure drugs and chemotherapy treatment.
Unsure if your condition is serious and needs immediate treatment? Look for the following symptoms of dry mouth:
If you have been experiencing the above for a long period of time, please call our office for an appointment.
When your body doesn’t produce adequate saliva you can’t digest your food properly. In addition, saliva acts as protection from tooth decay, it reduces bad breath, and enables you chew and swallow your food more efficiently.
Serious illnesses such as Sjogren’s Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes are often accompanied by dry mouth, as well.
The most important first step to treatment for dry mouth is to visit the Advanced Dentistry of Long Island office so we can make a formal diagnosis of the problem. We will work with your other doctors to create a personalized treatment plan for you.
At Advanced Dentistry of Long Island we care about your overall health and wellbeing. If you are suffering from chronic dry mouth and want to feel better, please make an appointment by completing the form to the right or by simply calling our office at 516-921-8010. We are here to serve you!