Did you know that the saliva in your mouth helps everything in your oral cavity stay moist and healthy? When your salivary glands don’t yield enough saliva, you’ve developed a condition called dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, mouth sores, thrush infections, split skin, cracked lips, an increase of plaque, and poor nutrition. That’s why it’s so critical to address dry mouth rapidly and effectually.
How do you know you have it? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do you feel consistent dryness or stickiness in your mouth?
Do you have chronic bad breath?
Is your saliva often thick and stringy?
Do you have difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking?
If any of these symptoms persist for weeks, come in to see our friendly dentist, Dr. Stephen Woodard. We’ll diagnose your problem and discuss treatment options with you.
Your treatment will depend upon the source of your dry mouth, which we will isolate during your consultation. Here are some possible causes:
-Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
We may advise that you change medication, advise you or offer moisturizing products, or prescribe special medications to treat your dry mouth.
If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, you can contact our office in Spokane Valley, Washington, by calling 509-924-8585.