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  • 10 May 2016

  • Aesthetic and functional dentistry

Dry mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the result of insufficient saliva. If you constantly, or almost always, have a dry mouth, it can be uncomfortable and can affect the oral cavity.

Someone with dry mouth may have the following symptoms:

  • A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing, speaking and chewing
  • A burning sensation on the tongue
  • Increased thirst
  • Dry lips
  • Difficulty tasting
  • More frequent cavities

 
To treat dry mouth, it’s important to properly identify the causes, of which there are many. Here are the main causes:

  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Certain diseases, for example diabetes, Hodgkin’s and Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS and cystic fibrosis
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Smoking
  • Old age

 
If the cause of dry mouth cannot be eliminated, or while waiting for it to be eliminated, your dentist can prescribe moistening agents such as a saliva substitute. There are a variety of solutions to relieve dry mouth.

Don’t hesitate to speak with your Lapointe Dental Centre professional to find a solution to your dry mouth problem.

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