Dry mouth is a growing problem in dentistry. On a daily basis, Dr. Carol Alvarado sees patients who suffer from dry mouth and the issues associated with dry mouth including tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores and bad breath.
Dry mouth—also called xerostomia—results from an inadequate flow of saliva.
It is not a disease, but a symptom of a medical disorder and/or most commonly, a side effect of popular medications including:
The combination of two or more of these medications dramatically increases dry-mouth effects.
With regular saliva production, your teeth are constantly bathed in a mineral-rich solution that helps keep your teeth strong and resistant to decay.
Dry mouth can lead to extensive tooth decay, gum disease, mouth sores and bad breath.
Signs You May Have Dry Mouth
Treating Dry Mouth
While there isn’t any cure for dry mouth, the sooner it gets diagnosed the less damage it does to your teeth. Here are some tips for treating your dry mouth.
Aloe Vera Toothpaste for Dry Mouth
Most everyone knows the soothing benefits of Aloe Vera on sun-burned skin. However, Aloe Vera, is an ancient plant known for healing, moisturizing and antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
If you take any of the common medications that cause Dry Mouth, you are encouraged to schedule an exam with your dental professional for evaluation and treatment. There is a strong connection between your oral health and your overall health. It’s called the “Mouth-Body Connection,” and by taking care of any Dry Mouth symptoms, you are reducing the risk of gum disease which can exasperate other conditions like heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.