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Dry mouth, officially called Xerostomia, is an oral health problem that many Americans experience. Dry mouth is usually the result of a lack of saliva produced in the mouth and is often a side effect of medication.

While dry mouth is common, it is not something to be taken lightly. For most, dry mouth is just a nuisance. For some, it interferes with their daily routine and general health, making it hard for them to eat due to pain and loss of appetite.

Dry Mouth Symptoms

If you notice the following symptoms in your own life, you may have chronic xerostomia and should see a dentist for relief:

  • Dryness in your mouth or throat
  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, or swallowing
  • A changed sense of taste
  • Gum irritation

If you have noticed any of these symptoms persisting, you should make an appointment with your dentist.

Dry Mouth Causes

There are many reasons a person may develop dry mouth. Dry mouth is commonly developed as a side effect of certain medications or as a side effect of a certain disease or event, such as a stroke or Alzheimer’s disease. Another common cause of dry mouth is breathing and/or snoring with your mouth open. Dry mouth can be treated and is not a life threatening condition.

Why Should I See a Dentist?

Complications can develop from dry mouth if it is not taken care of properly. Some of these complications may include increased plaque, tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores, fungal infection, or poor nutrition.

If you are experiencing symptoms of dry mouth, there is no need to live with it any longer. Call and schedule an appointment with your family dentist today.