Written By Dr. Kyle Griffith
Just yesterday, my patient asked what she could do to overcome the dry feeling she has in her mouth. Going over her health history, together we agreed that her medications are definitely contributing to the constant feeling of dryness.
Advances in modern medicine mean more drugs to treat serious illnesses, yet not without side effects. Xerostomia (a lack of saliva in the mouth), is a common side effect that can produce grave consequences to oral health.
With the absence of saliva, a couple of our concerns for our patients include increased risk of tooth decay especially at the gum line and self injury to tissues in the mouth. You need adequate salivary flow in order to neutralize the acids in your mouth and avoid dental decay. And when tissues in the mouth are too dry, it is much easier to injure them even with your toothbrush.
So what can you do? These suggestions will help make you feel better: Chew sugar-free gum to exercise chewing muscles. Suck on ice chips or sugar-free lozenges. Use lip balm to moisturize lips. Take frequent sips of water or a calorie-free beverage. Eat soft, moist foods - chew smaller pieces and swallow with water. Reduce sugary and sticky foods and beverages that can cause cavities. Use a re-chargeable electric tooth brush which can improve salivary flow and decrease the chance of dental cavities. And as always, come in and see us so we can be of help to you!
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