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Dry mouth

Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, occurs when there is not enough saliva in the mouth. Having enough saliva in the mouth is essential in helping to digest food and provide protection against decay. It is normal for everyone to experience dry mouth from time to time, especially if you’re nervous, upset or under stress. However, if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time it can cause discomfort when speaking, eating or swallowing.

Symptoms of dry mouth may include:

  • A sticky/ dry feeling in your mouth

  • Burning sensation on your tongue

  • Dry throat

  • Cracked lips

  • Reduced ability to taste or a metallic taste in your mouth

  • Bad breath

  • Mouth Sores

  • Difficulty chewing/ swallowing

If you suddenly experience dry mouth it may be because you have started taking a particular type of medication. Medications are a common cause of dry mouth, if this is the case notify your doctor and they may change your prescription or dosage. In any case, if you feel you have dry mouth, always let your dentist know as soon as possible. Our dentist can help to recommend as product such as moisturisers or alcohol free mouthwashes to help with a persistent dry mouth.

Other recommendations include:

  • Drinking water throughout the day

  • Avoid drinks with caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks)

  • Chew sugarless gum to stimulate salivary gland

  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol

For more recommendations or information regarding dry mouth, book an appointment with one of our dentists at Relax Dental and Facial Care today!

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