Dry mouth treatment at Buderim Dental
Dry mouth also called xerostomia, hyposialia or hyposalivation, can have various causes and its treatment consists in increasing salivation with simple measures or with the use of medications under medical guidance.
Dry mouth upon waking can be a slight sign of dehydration and therefore, it is recommended that the person increases water intake, but if the symptom persists, a Buderim dentist should be consulted.
If you think it is difficult to drink water, know what you can do to stay hydrated .
Main causes as explained by Buderim dentists
Saliva plays an important role in protecting the oral cavity against fungal infections, viruses or bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. In addition to moistening the tissues of the mouth, it also helps in the formation and swallowing of the bolus, facilitates phonetics and is essential in retaining dentures. For this reason, when observing the presence of constant dry mouth it is important to go to a medical consultation to start the appropriate treatment.
- Nutritional deficiencies
The lack of vitamin A and the B complex can dry the mucosa of the mouth and cause the appearance of wounds in the mouth and tongue.
Both vitamin A and those of the B complex can be found in foods such as fish, meat and eggs.
- Autoimmune diseases
Autoimmune diseases are caused by the production of antibodies against the body itself, causing inflammation of some glands in the body such as the salivary gland, causing dry mouth due to decreased saliva production.
Some autoimmune diseases that can cause dry mouth are systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren’s Syndrome, in which in addition to a dry mouth, there may be a sensation of sand in the eyes and an increased risk of infections such as caries and conjunctivitis.
- Use of medications
Some medications can also cause a dry mouth such as antidepressants, antidiuretics, antipsychotics, antihypertensives, antineoplastic drugs and medicines to treat cancer.
In addition to medications, radiation therapy, which is a type of treatment that aims to eliminate cancer cells through radiation, when performed on the head or neck, can cause dry mouth and gum injury, depending on the radiation dose.
- Thyroid problems
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a disease that is characterized by the production of autoantibodies that attack the thyroid and cause its inflammation, which leads to hyperthyroidism, which over time usually becomes hypothyroid. Signs and symptoms of thyroid problems may arise slowly and include dry mouth.
What to do to avoid dry mouth
One of the best strategies to combat dry mouth is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. In addition to this, to avoid having a dry mouth and increase saliva secretion, you should:
- Suck on candies that have a smooth surface or sugar-free gum;
- Eat citrus foods because they stimulate chewing;
- Brush your tooth, floss and constantly use a mouthwash twice a day;
- Ginger tea is also an excellent option.
In addition to this, you can also resort to artificial saliva to help fight the symptoms that generate having a dry mouth and facilitate chewing food. The Buderim dentists may indicate the use of medications such as sorbitol or pilocarpine.
Other important care to avoid having dry lips are to avoid passing the tongue on the lips, because contrary to what it looks like this dries the lips and to moisturize them they can try to use lip balm, cocoa butter or a lipstick with moisturizing properties.
Signs and symptoms related to dry mouth
The symptom of dry mouth all the time can be accompanied by dry and cracked lips, difficulties related to phonetics, chewing, tasting and swallowing. In addition to this, people who stay dry on a frequent basis are more prone to cavities, generally suffer from bad breath and may have a headache, in addition to increasing the risk of suffering from oral infections caused mainly by the Candida Albicans fungus , as saliva also protects the mouth against microorganisms.
The Buderim dentists responsible for the treatment of dry mouth is the general practitioner, who can refer the individual to an endocrinologist or gastroenterologist depending on the cause.
For more information and treatment visit today
Your local Sunshine Coast Dentist in Buderim.
BUDERIM PARK DENTAL
6/83 MILL RD, BUDERIM-4556
PH: 07 5445 6577