Dry Mouth Norlane Geelong
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.
Dry Mouth Causes
Some of the other causes of dry mouth are as follows:
- Anxiety disorder
- 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
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.
We are located at 21 Princes Highway in Norlane.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is xerostomia?
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.