What is Xerostomia?

Symptoms of Xerostomia

Xerostomia is characterized by the feeling of mouth dryness, oral burning, swallowing difficulty, and decreased or altered taste. Anyone can develop a dry mouth. There are elements that increase the likelihood of this condition like age, diabetes, and medication. There can be serious consequences to your oral health if you do not treat your dry mouth in time. If you suffer from Xerostomia knowing the correct treatments can help you manage the symptoms to avoid larger health risks. 

Symptoms of Xerostomia

There are many medications and health concerns that lead to dry mouth, so it can be difficult to find the root cause. Similarly, the symptoms are common with many other conditions. If you have had ongoing symptoms like the ones on our list, it may be time to discuss them with the oral health experts of Glow Dental NYC.

  • Dryness or a feeling of stickiness in your mouth

  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy

  • Bad breath

  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing

  • Dry or sore throat and hoarseness

  • Dry or grooved tongue

  • A changed sense of taste

  • Problems wearing dentures

Dry mouth is a common symptom that can harm the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues in your mouth. Ignoring a dry mouth can lead to serious oral health consequences. An experienced dental professional like the Glow Dental team can diagnose and treat the condition properly. Left untreated, xerostomia could lead to more severe consequences like gum disease, cavities, and even tooth loss.

If your dry mouth condition has already caused significant damage to your teeth Glow Dental in New York City can help you receive the best treatment. If you have a small to medium-sized cavity Glow Dental offers composite fillings to help seal and protect your tooth. Composite fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are durable enough to handle the strength of your jaw and teeth. If xerostomia has caused irreparable damage, Glow Dental has the experience and equipment to offer a full mouth restoration including dental implants, periodontal scaling, and more. 

Treating Xerostomia

Xerostomia is a common symptom that has various causes. To diagnose properly, we recommend a visit to our office. Here, we can complete a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan to improve your oral comfort and functions. Treatment for xerostomia may include salivary flow stimulation, lifestyle changes, and possible changes in your prescription drug use. Your doctor or dentist may prescribe you medication to stimulate your saliva production glands and minimize the negative effects of xerostomia. We will work closely with you and your general physician to find a plan that works for you.

Not going to the dentist in time could lead to more severe consequences like needing dental implants or other dental procedures. If your dry mouth condition has already caused significant damage to your teeth the Glow Dental specialists can guide you through the correct treatment. Treatment can be proactive to support your body’s natural healing process or restorative if you have suffered infection or tooth loss. Our wide range of services means you can have many or all of your treatments done in one location and with one dedicated team who knows your dental history and preferences. 

At-Home Relief and What to Avoid

Xerostomia can happen to anyone for different reasons. However, if you have Xerostomia, it is important to know the things you can do to avoid worsening the condition and some tips that can help.

  • Hydrate frequently to avoid dryness.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production.
  • Sucking on sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva production.
  • Avoiding caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and dry or hard-to-chew foods
  • Regular oral hygiene and dental care. 

Certain medications and cancer therapies may cause dry mouth or xerostomia as a side effect. If you believe that your medication is causing you to have a dry mouth consult with your doctor about adjusting your dosage level or switching it to another medication that avoids dry mouth and other unwanted side effects.