What Is Dry Mouth Syndrome?

The condition known as dry mouth syndrome can be a result of a diet containing particularly sugary foods and drinks. Dry mouth syndrome could result in advanced problems such as tooth decay, bleeding gums or bad breath. This is attributed to the increased bacterial and viral induction in the mouth.  The severity of dry mouth will vary according to the different stages of the person involved. What Is Dry Mouth Syndrome? Dry mouth is a condition also known as xerostomia.  This occurs when a person has a dry and very uncomfortable feeling inside the mouth resulting from a decrease in saliva production. This condition can be temporary, and is easily treatable in its early stages.  In a chronic case, it is not as easy to treat.  It is advisable to seek medical intervention as soon as one starts experiencing dry mouth condition. What are the causes of Dry Mouth Syndrome? This condition can be induced by any of the following causes, and its severity can be intensified by the particular diet of the affected person. Dry mouth syndrome can be caused by the existence of some health conditions in individuals. These could be anything from diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome to stroke or many others. While an infected individual will want to treat the dry mouth condition, it can only be completely eradicated when the causative condition has first been treated. Some individuals taking medication may experience dry mouth syndrome. Some Over-The-Counter drugs have been linked to this condition.  Anxiety and being emotionally stressed are other contributors to dry mouth syndrome. What are the symptoms of Dry Mouth Syndrome? Some of the symptoms of dry mouth syndrome include a sore throat, saliva insufficiency, a dry and rough tongue, a sticky feeling in the throat and having thick saliva. Others symptoms are persistent bad breath, changes in taste sense, difficulty in chewing or swallowing, and dry/cracked lips. What are treatments of Dry Mouth Syndrome?
  • Use of oral moisturizing gels and sprays
  • Increased intake of fluids, especially water
  • Taking special oral rinsing formulas
  • Oral prescriptions
Dr. Peter Hazim is an experienced dentist who can help you with dry mouth syndrome. Please contact us at (972) 727-5599.   We are located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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