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Do you ever feel like your mouth and the desert have something in common?
If so, you are not alone. Millions of Canadians suffer from dry mouth. And it’s not just the discomfort of dry mouth (called “xerostomia” by dentists) that is the problem. It is often accompanied by trouble chewing and swallowing, difficulty in speaking, a rise in dental cavities and gum disease, and most noticeably to some, bad breath. If people act like there is a fire drill taking place every time you open your mouth, this could be the culprit!
So why do so many of us have what is often referred to as “cottonmouth?”
According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 400 medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can lead to dry mouth. It’s also caused by mouth breathing, dehydration (drink your water!), and lack of salivary flow due to aging. In rare instances, dry mouth may be caused by an underlying serious disease – so it is not something to take lightly.
Of course, our good old friends (actually enemies) excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are among the leading causes of this problem, so if you need another reason to put away the cigarettes for good and cut down on the booze, now is a great time!
There are several things you can do to help reduce the symptoms of dry mouth, including:
Chewing a sugar-free gum containing xylitol
Drinking plenty of water
Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth (easier said than done!)
Frequent brushing and rinsing with fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse
Using a room vaporizer to humidify the air in your home
Using an over-the-counter saliva substitute
Since dry mouth can also be a sign of serious illness and cause an increase in cavities and gum disease, excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits are a must. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us immediately for at 905-725-6060 for an appointment, or visit our website at www.oshawadentist.com. Your health is important to us, and we are here to help you.