Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, occurs when there is not enough saliva in the mouth. Having enough saliva in the mouth is essential in helping to digest food and provide protection against decay. It is normal for everyone to experience dry mouth from time to time, especially if you’re nervous, upset or under stress. However, if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time it can cause discomfort when speaking, eating or swallowing.
Symptoms of dry mouth may include:
A sticky/ dry feeling in your mouth
Burning sensation on your tongue
Reduced ability to taste or a metallic taste in your mouth
Difficulty chewing/ swallowing
If you suddenly experience dry mouth it may be because you have started taking a particular type of medication. Medications are a common cause of dry mouth, if this is the case notify your doctor and they may change your prescription or dosage. In any case, if you feel you have dry mouth, always let your dentist know as soon as possible. Our dentist can help to recommend as product such as moisturisers or alcohol free mouthwashes to help with a persistent dry mouth.
Other recommendations include:
Drinking water throughout the day
Avoid drinks with caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks)
Chew sugarless gum to stimulate salivary gland
Avoid tobacco and alcohol
For more recommendations or information regarding dry mouth, book an appointment with one of our dentists at Camberwell Dental and Facial Care today!