Saliva is vital to the functioning of a healthy mouth. It neutralizes acids produced by bacteria and limits bacterial growth, washes away food particles, and helps you to swallow and helps your digestion. But what if you have been experiencing difficulty chewing, talking, or swallowing, along with a change in taste? These are all symptomatic of a condition called dry mouth.
Dry mouth, or xerostomia, happens when saliva production is decreased by the salivary glands in the mouth. It often cause dryness in the mouth and throat, a thick or stringy saliva along with unpleasant breath. People with dry mouth may have difficulty wearing dentures and suffer from an increase in tooth decay and gum disease.
Dry Mouth Relief:
–Sip water frequently throughout the day.
–Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free hard candies.
–Use a non-alcohol based mouthwash.
–Use a room humidifier while sleeping.
–Cut back on caffeine.
–Limit over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants
–Avoid tobacco (chewing or smoking).
–Limit alcohol consumption.
–Avoid breathing through the mouth.
If these tips don’t make a dent in your condition, you may need to see Dr. Holly Sletten to rule out any underlying health issue. If dry mouth is caused by any medications you may be taking, you may need to change your medication or alter the dosage levels.
Please give our team a call at 720-851-1676 today if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Sletten!