Dry mouth can be uncomfortable and irritating but did you know it can be caused by your prescription medications? Over 500 prescription medications report dry mouth as a common side effect. Cohoes, NY dentist Dr. Frederick Marra can help treat the cause, symptoms, and effects of dry mouth.
Prescribed medications for conditions such as allergies and anxiety may be the culprit for your dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to plaque build up and new cavity development in adult patients.
Common Signs of Dry Mouth
- Sticky and Dry Mouth & Throat
- Cracked and Dry Lips
- Tooth Decay
- Frequent Mouth Sores
- Burning Sensation
- Trouble Swallowing, Tasting
What Is Dry Mouth
Saliva is your bodies natural defense against plaque build up. Saliva is used to wash away debris and neutralize acids. Dry Mouth is a condition in which saliva production decreases due to a malfunction of the salivary glands. Dry mouth can cause difficulty with speaking, swallowing and chewing.
How To Treat Dry Mouth Symptoms
Staying hydrated is important for your overall health and your oral health and if you experience dry mouth, drinking plenty of water can help. Avoiding acidic beverages like wine and coffee will help deter the side effects of dry mouth from worsening. Chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva production. Some patients report using humidifiers at night helps to reduce dry mouth. There are also over the counter mouthwashes and oral moisturizers designed to reduce the side effects and discomfort caused by dry mouth.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have experienced an increase in tooth decay or other advanced oral health conditions as a result of dry mouth, Dr. Marra offers comprehensive dental care to restore your smile. Dr. Marra offers dental fillings and other restorative dental procedures that can help you preserve your healthy teeth and restore your oral health.