Xerostomia is an exotic-sounding word. But it is not a rare international dish or a lost city in Greece. It is the clinical term for a condition known as dry mouth, and if you suffer from it, you need to talk to your dentist. How do you know if you suffer from dry mouth, symptoms include the obvious – a dry mouth. But your mouth can also feel sticky, or be prone to infections. You may also suffer from dry, cracked lips, a sore throat or a burning sensation on your tongue. If you have trouble swallowing or even speaking, dry mouth may be the culprit. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of certain medications or medical conditions.
So what can be done? Our dentist, Dr. Robert Jackson may suggest some simple solutions. Those may include drinking more water, using a humidifier at night, or quitting smoking. Chewing sugarless gum and eating crunchy fruits and vegetables can stimulate the production of saliva. The dentist may want to talk to your doctor about modifying your medications or about a potential medical issue. The dentist may recommend an artificial saliva or prescription mouthwash.
If you think you may be suffering from dry mouth in Carrollton, Texas, you should make an appointment to see the dentist. To schedule a visit to Jackson Dental, call 972-492-1064 today and get the relief you want and need.