Dry mouth – ugh – there’s nothing worse!
The medical terminology used to describe dry mouth is xerostomia. It’s most commonly experienced as a side effect of medication and it can lead to a host of dental issues developing.
First among these are dental dental caries on the root surface – a result of the root cover being softer than the enamel on the tooth’s crown.
Xerostomia can also cause speech, chewing, swallowing, and taste problems, as well as nutritional deficiencies.
Saliva substitutes and stimulants can be helpful. Chewing gums and toothpastes which contain Xylitol, for instance, can help promote healthy saliva production as well as tooth remineralisation.
If your xerostomia is a side effect of medication, it may be useful to speak to your doctor about an alternative.
If xerostomia continues making life a misery, you could do worse than visit Aqua Dental. Our dentistry and hygiene experts can recommend products to help.