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Dry Mouth Medicine

Everyone's mouth is dry now and then. For one out of five adults, dry mouth(xerostomia) is a chronic condition that leaves the mouth and the throat rough, sore and sticky. Some victims experience hoarse voices and have trouble eating, swallowing, talking or wearing dentures. They may be vulnerable to sores and yeast infections, and their teeth are more prone to decay.

There are many causes of dry mouth. Sometimes it may be an indication of a problem with or blockage of the salivary glands. It can also be caused by other disease processes, radiation treatment, work environment, or even mood changes. However, in most cases, dry mouth is the result of drug therapy.

All kinds of drugs can cause dry mouth, including those used to treat depression, anxiety, and hypertension.  Other medications that have this unfortunate side effect may include antihistamines, antispasmodics, decongestants and muscle relaxants.

The effects of dry mouth can be far reaching. Studies show that people with dry mouth are at much greater risk for tooth decay. The condition also has nutritional consequences. Parched, crusty and sensitive mouths can be sensitive to spicy or acidic foods like fruit juice, or foods that require a lot of chewing like vegetables and cereal. Studies show that dry mouth sufferers often lack essential vitamins and nutrients in their diets.

If you suffer from dry mouth, be meticulous about keeping your mouth clean. Saliva helps wash away decay causing bacteria and, with less of it, you are at greater risk of both cavities and gum disease. Most importantly, let us know at your next visit. We may suggest one of a number of special rinses or different oral hygiene techniques.  There are an incresing number of product available for treating dry mouth.

To decrease dry mouth or the problems associated with it:

  • Consult with your dentist;
  • Avoid spicy foods;
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking, as they irritate the gums;
  • Use sugar free gum or candy to stimulate saliva flow;
  • Eat soft foods moistened with sauce or gravy;
  • Drink lots of fluids, especially water;
  • Breath through your nose, and avoid mouth breathing;
  • Use a humidifier;
  • Rinse your mouth with lemon, diluted in water or glycerin.

For more information regarding proper dental hygiene, or to book a consulation with a Winnipeg dentist, contact our Winnipeg Dental Clinic.


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