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Dry Mouth

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21 Princes Highway, Norlane, VIC 3214

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Dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth moist.

This is often due to the side effects of a specific medication, aging issues or as a result of radiation therapy for cancer.

To find out what causes your dry mouth, your Norlane dentist will likely review your medical history and all medication you’re taking, including over-the-counter medicines, and physically examine your mouth.

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Dry Mouth Causes

Some of the other causes of dry mouth are as follows:

  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Smoking
  • Taking tranquilisers
  • Exercising or playing under the heat

Dry Mouth Symptoms

  • Bad breath
  • Lipstick sticking in the mouth
  • Frequent gum disease
  • Tooth decay and plaque
  • Problems in speaking
  • Sticky saliva
  • Sore throat
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Dry Mouth Treatment

Your treatment depends on what causes your dry mouth.

Your Norlane dentist may:

  • Change medications that cause dry mouth.
  • Stimulate saliva production.
  • Prevent tooth decay.

Your Norlane dentist may recommend using artificial saliva products.

These products are available over-the-counter in a rinse or spray form. Toothpaste, mouthwashes, and moisturising gels that are specially formulated for individuals with dry mouth are also available.

Here are some home remedies for dry mouth:

  • Drink a lot of water
  • Suck on sugarless candies
  • Improve overall oral care
  • Use an alcohol-free mouth wash
  • Chew sugarless gum

Avoid the following:

  • Breathing through your mouth
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Dry foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Sugary foods and drinks

Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether, and caffeine should be only be consumed in moderation.

Dry Mouth Treatment in Norlane Geelong

Having dry mouth can be a very embarrassing (and unhealthy!) experience. Find out how we can help you at Norlane Dental Aesthetics and Implants.

For more information about dry mouth treatment in Norlane, call us on (03) 5278 2666 or request your appointment online.

We are located at 21 Princes Highway in Norlane.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is xerostomia?
Xerostomia (commonly called dry mouth) happens when the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth moist.

Usually, we get a dry mouth when upset, under stress, or extremely frightened.

Some patients may think dry mouth is a normal part of aging, but it is not. However, it is most commonly found in older adults.

Is saliva really that important?
Saliva is the mouth’s main defence against tooth decay which maintains the health of the tissues in the mouth. Saliva washes away food particles, neutralises acids and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth, providing protection against microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to dental and overall health problems.

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